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According to market research firm, Apple’s iPhone 4 wireless handset components cost about  $187.51. The iPhone 4 sells for $199 and $299. The most expensive component is the LG display that costs $28.50. According to the consultant, the iPhone has typically hovered around the $170-to-$180 cost range because Apple seems to be trying to hit some kind of budget.

Questions:

1.  According to the article the firm that put this information together used a teardown analysis.  What is this?

2. What are some of the reasons that Apple would put together this $170-to-$180 cost point budget?

3.  What is the markup on the gyroscope chip? What percent of the total part cost is the display?

4.  What percent profit is made on the iPhone 4 as compared to the iPhone 3GS?

Source:  Hesseldahl, A. (2010). Apple iPhone 4 Parts Cost About $188, Bloomberg Businessweek, June 28 (Retrievable online at http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jun2010/tc20100627_763714.htm?link_position=link1)

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