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A new teardown review reveals the material cost of the entire iPhone 15 line compared to the earlier iPhone 14 series. Two of the models that have the highest cost increase estimates are the iPhone 15 Pro Max and the base iPhone 15 model, which
Media outlet Nikkei shares the teardown review performed by Japan’s Nihon Keizai Shimbun and Fomalhaut Techno Solutions, revealing the cost estimates of the parts in iPhone 15 models compared to their iPhone 14 counterparts. According to the report, the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which boasts some of the biggest hardware upgrades, has a $558 cost for its materials.
In particular, compared to the iPhone 14 Pro Max materials, the teardown review shows that the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s display is 10% pricier. Meanwhile, the titanium frame and the A17 Pro chip, the biggest highlights of the model, are reportedly 43% and 27% more expensive than their counterparts. As expected, the camera improvements made in the iPhone 15 Pro Max have also led to higher material cost, with the report claiming it is 3.8x more costly.
In general, the accumulated costs of the different materials in the iPhone 15 Pro Max translate to a 12% higher price compared to the materials in the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Meanwhile, iPhone 15 Plus and iPhone 15 Pro have lower percentages at 10% ($442) and 8% ($523), respectively.
The base model of the series, the iPhone 15, has a $423 material cost estimate, making it the highest increase at 16% among the group. This is not surprising, nonetheless, since Apple is always bringing many of the features of its earlier Pro models to the standard models of its new series. One includes the Dynamic Island, which is now included in all the models of the new lineup.