Workers assemble smartphones on a production line in India. Miguel Candela/Getty Images
You’re about to plunk down $699 on that new iPhone 11 Pro – or *gasp* $1,449 on the 512GB iPhone Pro Max without a trade-in. That’s quite a few nights out on the town, you think to yourself, or as much as a used car. How much does it cost Apple to make these darn things?
Good question! The answer is just as maddening as you’d expect.
Every year, intrepid technologists at sites like iFixit and TechInsights do teardown analyses on the newest smartphones, which examine and inventory the various parts that make up the phones. While these might not give a full picture of costs, they go pretty darn far.
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