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Apple Rakes in $513 on Every iPhone 6S Plus Sale

by Arjun Kharpal, CNBC /

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The large-screen version of Apple's latest phone retails for more than three times what it costs to produce, according to a teardown analysis by research firm IHS.

Apple spends $236 to make each iPhone 6s Plus device, which it sells for over three times that value at $749—a 217.4 percent markup that highlights the tech giant's ability to dominate the premium market while other smartphone makers struggle.

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The bill for materials for a 16-gigabyte iPhone 6s Plus comes in at $231.50, which rises to $236 once manufacturing costs are added, according to IHS. The iPhone 6s Plus costs just $16 more to make than the last year's model, with Apple benefiting from cheaper components to boost margins.

One of the biggest additions to the new iPhone is the so-called 3-D Touch feature, which allows users to carry out different tasks depending on how much pressure they put on the screen.

IHS said the screen costs $52.50, making it the most expensive compenent of the 6s Plus.

Apple has also upgraded its main camera to 12 megapixels in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from 8 megapixels in the previous versions. The front-facing camera has also been upgraded. IHS said the cameras cost $22.50 on each device.

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