Originally Posted by cameronj
I'm sorry to have used such a worthless word.
Feel free to suggest where I was wrong. The breakdown of the iPhone components pretty much listed everything. The big numbers were for the screen, the flash the GPU and the CPU. Together those 4 amounted to well over half of the $240 hardware cost of the 8 GB version.
So if you're so positive that the core phone features which can be stripped out, leaving only the screen, CPU, GPU, RAM, wifi module and battery, cost more than the professionals suggest, lets hear why. Because at $240, you don't have a heck of a lot of room to play with if you plan to quadruple the $48 cost of RAM to 32 GB on an iPod eh?
The reason why I said that the word "core" is worthless for a determination of the phones "phone" functions, is the very reason why they used it.
It doesn't accommodate all of the phone functions, that's why they said "core". When you add other parts of the phone that are required for the functionality that Apple has in the phone functions, then the cost rises.
The difficulty arises because some of the other parts also have critical phone functions, and in some cases Apple has used higher spec parts so as to make the phone function more smoothly, or to give it the features that make it what it is.
An example, the main cpu, is the ARM1176JZF. It's believed to be a part that runs upwards of 600MHz. The snappy interface of the phone depends on that. Apple could have used a lower spec part. How do you separate out the extra cost?
The same thing can be said for other parts. Apple has a vector float coprocessor. They didn't need one, but it helps with WiFi download speeds, maps, etc. How do you not count part of the cost of that?
The phone is too complex, and the functions too integrated to easily say that just $15 is allocated to phone functions.
If they were going to make an iPod of this, they could use lower spec parts, and eliminate some of them entirely.
Understand what I'm saying?