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.
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.