iPhone 14 Pro Max Reportedly More Expensive to Make Than iPhone 13 Pro Max: All Details

The 48-megapixel rear camera and always-on display in the iPhone 14 Pro Max are the primary reasons for the price increase.

iPhone 14 Pro Max Reportedly More Expensive to Make Than iPhone 13 Pro Max: All Details

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Apple released the iPhone 14 Pro Max in September 2022

  • It roughly costs $464 to make iPhone 14 Pro Max 128GB variant
  • It's about a 3.7 percent increase from that of the iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Apple spends $11 more on the A16 Bionic chipset

A newly published report examines how much it costs Apple to manufacture the iPhone 14 Pro Max. The "blended bill of materials" cost for the flagship with 128GB of storage is $464 (roughly Rs. 38,400), which is a small increase over the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The new Apple-designed chipset, AOD display, and 48-megapixel main rear camera are the primary parameters driving the cost change. These figures also only cover components and do not include assembly, packaging, or distribution costs. Apple released the iPhone 14 series in September 2022 and the iPhone 13 series in September 2021.

Counterpoint Research's report states that the iPhone 14 Pro Max with 128GB storage has a blended bill of materials (BoM) cost of around $464 (roughly Rs. 38,400), which is a 3.7 percent increase over that of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which amounts to about $447.44 (roughly Rs. 37,000).

A bill of materials, or BoM, is a detailed list of all the parts that are needed to produce a final product. It is typically built in layers or hierarchy, with top-level assemblies, sub-assemblies, and finally individual components.

The mmWave model for the US market is expected to cost $474 (roughly Rs. 39,000), while the sub-6GHz model for other markets is expected to cost $454 (roughly Rs. 37,600). For comparison, the 128GB iPhone 14 Pro Max has a marked US price of $1,099 (roughly Rs. 90,900).

According to the detailed insights cost breakdown, Apple spends $11 (roughly Rs. 900) more on the A16 Bionic chipset than its forerunner, bringing the constituent cost to 20 percent of the total BoM price.

The new iPhone 14 Pro Max display with AOD functionality accounts for a 1 percent increase in the BoM over the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Aside from that, the 48-megapixel main camera and supporting modules have increased the price of the new phone by an approximated $6.30 (roughly Rs. 500).

Prices for Cellular connectivity parts on the iPhone 14 Pro Max are roughly 13 percent lower than on the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Some component prices had decreased in 2022 compared to 2021, with cellular components seeing one of the most prominent price drops.

Apple's self-designed parts inside the iPhone 14 Pro Max, such as the touch control, connectivity, audio, and power management circuits, account for a larger portion of the phone's overall cost. According to the report, self-designed parts now make up about 22 percent of the phone's BoM.

Apple launched the iPad Pro (2022) and the iPad (2022) alongside the new Apple TV this week. We discuss the company's latest products, along with our review of the iPhone 14 Pro on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
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  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Bright, crisp 120Hz display
  • Excellent construction quality
  • Stellar battery life
  • Great overall performance
  • Versatile cameras
  • Bad
  • Extremely expensive
  • Bulky and heavy
  • Display notch in 2021
Display 6.70-inch
Processor Apple A15 Bionic
Front Camera 12-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
OS iOS 15
Resolution 1284x2778 pixels

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Sucharita Ganguly
Sucharita is a writer with Gadgets 360 and is mostly found playing with her cat in her free time. She has previously worked at breaking news desks across organizations. Powered by coffee, The Beatles, Bowie, and her newfound love for BTS, she aims to work towards contributing to a better media environment for women and queer folk. More
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