The Online Digital Photo Help center

Camera components represent 9.5% of total iPhone 7 material cost

Camera components represent 9.5% of total iPhone 7 material cost 1
 Image: Chipworks-TechInsight

Analyst firm Chipworks-TechInsight has published its iPhone 7 reverse engineering report, which includes some interesting cost and technology information for more engineering-minded photographers. The analysts estimate the total bill of materials for the iPhone 7 with 128GB of built-in memory to be $275. $26, or approximately 9.5%, of that total sum are spent on camera and imaging components. This includes the Sony-made Exmor RS image sensors and lenses in front and rear cameras and all processing hardware.

The most expensive component in the device, that retails in the US for $749, is Apple’s A10 Fusion CPU at $40.  The display and touchscreen add $37 to the cost. Given how advanced smartphone camera technology has become, it is surprising that it only represents a relatively small percentage of the total cost of a device (though Apple is famous for its high margins.)

We’d expect the dual-cam in the iPhone 7 Plus to be quite a bit more expensive than the single-lens version in the standard iPhone 7. However, Chipworks has to publish its report on the larger iPhone model. For now, you can download the iPhone 7 report on Chipworks website if you’re happy to provide your contact information and email.

Subscribe to get this amazing EBOOK FREE

By subscribing to this newsletter you agree to our Privacy Policy