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Whereas the iPhone 8 Plus design is showing its age, the iPhone X is a bold step forward. The costs of materials for a 32 GB iPhone 7 from previous year is $237.94. That excludes other costs, including manufacturing, software and research and development. So, the bill of materials doesn't give you the accurate sketch of the tech firm's profit margins on each iPhone unit. Apple's iPhone 7 cost $649, while Apple paid about $401 for the components. The price tag of the iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799, marking a $30 increase than that of the iPhone 7 Plus at launch. Industry analyst Wayne Lam said that the "added value went to memory, camera, and chipsey". Some have viewed this as a sign that demand for the new iPhones just isn't good. "From a teardown perspective, the biggest cost adders would be the increased NAND flash memory content and new wireless charging components". The Cupertino company has spent $32.50 on its enhanced camera system.

On the other hand, the iPhone 8 is exactly what I expected.

Apple's new iPhones this year are definitely more expensive than ever, take for example the iPhone X which is priced starting at $999, a price tag that's considerably higher than any base iPhone model we've seen. In contrast, the iPhone X is expected to take a huge hit in profitability - despite its hefty price tag - because it's insane expensive to build. The screen has a super retina display with OLED technology.

One of the main upgrades for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus is a new proprietary six-core, 64-bit A11 Bionic chip, which is manufactured using a new 10nm process. The screen of the iPhone 8 Plus costs around $52.50 and the layer of Gorilla Glass placed on it costs around $51.

As much as we have come to rely on our smartphones-checking mail on the go, surfing the web, posting to social media, looking up directions, and the list goes on-battery life can be viewed as paramount to the mobile experience. The opening weekend sales o fthe two handsets were far below the Apple's forecasts.

The new rear camera is where the iPhone 8 Plus really comes into its own.