According to the latest report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple has been looking for ways to cut down on the manufacturing cost of the iPhone 12, thus offsetting the cost of adding 5G to the iPhone 12 series. If we look at data from vendors, sub-6 5G support on the iPhone costs up to $ 85, while adding millimeter-wave can cost as much as $ 135.
Apple is putting pressure on its suppliers to lower the cost of parts and will use simpler battery charges in the iPhone 12 series to offset some of the extra costs.
The specifications of the iPhone 12 battery cards reportedly have a reduced number of layers and smaller surfaces, which would reduce between 40-50% cost compared to the iPhone 11. Apple will reportedly abandon the hardboard design altogether and design only with softboard batteries. for the iPhone 12s series in 2021, which further reduces manufacturing costs. Reportedly, this will not affect the end user experience.
Despite the increased cost of adding 5G to the 2020 iPhone 12 series, Apple wants to keep the price as close as possible to the iPhone 11 series so that sales are kept in the wake of the pandemic.
According to Kuo’s report, Apple is putting pressure on suppliers of circuit boards for the AirPods 2 and the share has become 25-35% cheaper since the first half of 2020. The AirPods 3, expected in the first half of 2021, will bring manufacturing costs down further. As with the AirPods Pro, the AirPods 3 will transition to an integrated system-in-package (SiP) over surface mounting technology (SMT), which is used in the AirPods 2.