Apple's iPhone X has higher margin than iPhone 8

Kristi Paul
November 7, 2017

One, he believes, will be the sequel to the iPhone X while the other could be a "Plus" variant of that phone. We believe Apple will need more metal frame and casing assembly capacity and new suppliers because of more complex metal frame design and casing assembly, while models equipped with AMOLED and stainless steel metal frame will increase to two (vs. only one - iPhone X - in 2H17).

Apple's iPhone X appears to be a fairly durable smartphone, able to withstand some heavy punishment from being hit, bent, burnt and even frozen.

While shipping delays may already be improving, the market share data for the first weekend may not be the best way to measure the iPhone X's adoption, but it's what's available for now.

The folks over at protection plan company SquareTrade put the smartphone's durability to the test, and well - the results do not warrant the $1,000 price tag. A second drop test is done on the front side of the phone extracted much more heavy damage to the handset. Meanwhile, the back drop completely shattered the back panel leaving loose shards of glass, making it hard to hold. For the water dunk test, in which the phone was placed somewhat deep under water for 30 minutes, the phone was somewhat unaffected aside from a little audio muffling. While the screen and back panel did experience cracks, the biggest damage came from both Face ID and the new "home" swipe command failing.

The iPhone X smartphone costs $357.50 to make and sells for $999, giving it a gross margin of 64 percent, according to TechInsights, a firm that tears down technology devices and analyzes the parts inside.

It's obviously always wise to do everything in your power to protect an expensive, high-end mobile device from all types of damage, but unfortunately the iPhone X is special in a number of anxiety-enhancing ways.

After all was said and done, SquareTrade gave it a "Breakability Score" of 90 (presumably out of 100), meaning it's a "High Risk" of shattering or breaking.

The fact that the new iPhone can take damage so easily is not a good sign when it is priced at a thousand dollars and up.

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