iPhone 6 unboxing (by Romazur (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

iPhone 6 unboxing (by Romazur (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Parts made by smartphone rivals Samsung and Sony are reportedly inside the iPhone.

Sony’s reported $20 per iPhone

Sony is the world’s largest supplier of image sensors in digital cameras and, according to the respected Wall Street Journal, two Sony-made image sensors and related parts are contained in each iPhone 6.

It reportedly generates as much as $20 (£13.10) per phone for Sony. Sony-built components are also in Samsung’s Galaxy S6, according to the same recent report.

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Samsung-made chips inside iPhones?

Technology news website cnet.com cited a report that Samsung will be producing 75% of the processors needed for the next iPhone, having manufactured the chips for Apple’s smartphones for years.

It also highlighted research that Apple has paid $20 (£13.10) per unit for processors built into the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Production of the advanced chips is thought to be split between Samsung and a company called Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), according to technology news website recode.net.

Added up, it could be a lot of cash for Sony and Samsung.

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