iPhone 6S Plus costs Apple more

Old Apple logo - Wikimedia CommonsAnalysts at IHS have taken apart the iPhone 6S Plus that was introduced last week and finds that Apple is paying more for the components in the device.

The bill of materials (BOM) for an iPhone 6S Plus with 16GB of NAND flash memory comes to $231.50.

That still leaves Apple making a very healthy profit on the smartphone because, IHS said, the unsubsidised price for this phone is a staggering $749.

Apple has included 3D touch and a Taptic engine to improve the device and encourage people to upgrade or to buy a new phone.

IHS said the new phones are stronger, including a harder aluminium case, and an upgrade to its cover glass.

Apple also uses a faster microprocessor in the phone – the A9 – which the company claims gives 70 percent faster CPU performance.

The Taptic Engine uses a vibrating magnet to give a vibration or tapping sensation when the device is touched.

The new phones also have an improved wireless modem and better wi-fi.