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Apple iPhone 'only' costs $246-$281 to manufacture

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  1. zekrahminator

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    While Apple is expected to charge around $500 for their revolutionary new iPhone, independent firm iSupply did some investigating into how much this thing is really worth. The 4GB model "only" costs $229.85 in terms of raw hardware costs, though after OS X is installed, configured, and licensed, the device cost is estimated at $245.83. The MSRP of the 4GB model is $500. The $600 8GB iPhone costs $280.83 to produce. If these figures are close to what Apple is really paying, once the iPhone begins shipping (and once it gets an FCC ID, if it hasn't already done so), it will earn Apple a lofty sum of money for each sale. And if the iPhone doesn't catch on due to an obscenely high price, Apple will have plenty of room for price cuts. The phones will be carried by Cingular later this year.

    Source: The Register
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    Wouldn't surprise me, their computers are way over priced considering the specs as well. At my work, they want 1250 bucks for a C2D T5600, 512MB of RAM, and a 60GB on a 13.3" screen... And our store has less than one percent markup on computers.

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    Ohh they have great payouts... I have a deal with cingular through the us post office that gets me cost on phones... My first Razr cost me $213 when it first came out and was going for $500, my E1Rokr was $232, and my SLVR now was like $182. Bought them outright so I didn't have to sign another contract or extend mine.
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    Heh its because Apple is the only company that builds a Mac.... If someone else would get into it, they couldn't charge so much. But heh mac heads will ONLY buy a mac, and therefore they can charge just about anything they want for them.
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    Any ideas what they should call it if Cisco win and they can't use iPhone. How about iScam.


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    I don't know thats a bit interesting, they may just pay cisco "X" amount of "$$" to keep using the name.
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    Yup...Called control. But hey, good for them, if they can trick people into buying overpriced stuff and make a killing.

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    Ya sad part is I want one.... I'll end up buying a notebook from them in the next year or so pretty much solely for audio editing and mixing. But I know a manager of a apple store, so I'll pickup a nice discount, and if that ones not good enough, I have school teachers in the family.:D
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    I seriously cannot imagine what u can do in Mac OS, that u cannot do in Windows XP/Vista.

    "Mac" is just a PC using an OS that looks just like Windows, but since people see that, has no games.
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    You have to factor in all the software you get with a Mac as well. When you factor it all together, it isn't very much more expensive at all, compared to a windows machine with the same hardware, features, and similar software.

    OS X doesn't look anything like Windows XP. And since OS X was around before Vista, it's more like Vista looks like OS X. You're awfully good at bashing OS X, but do you actually know anything about it?

    I own the PC in my System Specs, running XP, Vista, and Kubuntu Linux. I also own a 1GHz G4 iMac, a 1.6GHz G5 PowerMac, and a 2.33GHz 20" Core2 iMac, all running OS X.4 and XP on the intel mac. I got the G4 for $20 in a Chinese Auction at work, got the G5 for free because the original owner thought it was broken(dead hard drive), and paid full price for the Intel Mac because I liked the other 2 so much.
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    Im sure it wont be as much because usually cingular and their stores eat alot of the costs for the phones.
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    The best DJ, music editing software and graphics software is made only for macs... Don't ask me why I cannot tell you. Graphics software for video stuff not like Photoshop.
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    The best AV stuff is in Mac because of the unified architecture. You don't have a million little manufacturers putting out hardware running code and such minutely differently. You have the unified, guarenteed to run because there's only the Apple standards - not MS, Intel/AMD, ATI/nVidia, Creative/Phillups/Cmedia/Realtek/etc etc all running around with standards and hardware.

    Same as an Xbox360 can put out sexy graphics while "only" having mediocre hardware. Optimizations, tweaks, etc bring the most out of it, because you KNOW what you're putting it on. None of this making it work with the lowest, through the highest quality components and such.

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