Apple adds SanDisk to list of iPhone 5 components
Cupertino, CA, United States (4E) – IHS iSuppli stripped down the iPhone 5 and analyzed all of its innards just for the heck of it. In its breakdown of the iPhone 5, IHS iSuppli found many of the components Apple used hasn’t changed from previous models of the iPhone.
The newest addition is SanDisk. SanDisk is the maker of flash memory for consumer electronics. SanDisk didn’t provide parts for Apple in the past and it’s believed this is the company’s first time to be featured in an iPhone.
“The iPhone 5 exhibits a great deal of similarity to the iPhone 4S in terms of component suppliers. But beyond this superficial resemblance, there are some critical changes to product design and parts that enable major upgrades that improve user experience,” IHS senior principal analyst Andrew Rassweiler said.
Parts produced by Qualcomm, Dialog, Murata, Texas Instruments, Cirrus Logic, STMicro, Skyworks, NXP, Avago, AKM and Samsung were found inside. Yes, you read the last component right — Samsung.
Previous incarnations of the iPhone featured more Samsung components. But since Apple and Samsung are furiously battling in court over infringement and patent rights, Apple is lessening its reliance on Samsung’s products.
Apple isn’t entirely ruling out Samsung supplies. Samsung is still providing flash and DRAM for certain iPhones.
“The iPhone 5 incorporates even more mechanical parts than previous iPhone designs, resulting in a very complex assembly. But Apple can do this and still produce the iPhone 5 at such low costs due to its capability to leverage its vast army of low-cost labor,” IHS senior principal analyst Kevin Keller added.