iSuppli revealed today that its widely covered iPhone 3G teardown was performed virtually, “using insights from [its] analysis staff to develop estimates of iPhone content, suppliers and costs..”
“The analysis team consisted of iSuppli’s leading experts in the areas of teardown analysis, semiconductors, displays, mobile handsets, consumer electronics and wireless infrastructure,” the firm said in a statement. “iSuppli had planned to withhold any analysis of iPhone content and costs until it had conducted an actual physical teardown of the product. However, due to strong popular demand for information on iPhone costs and pricing, iSuppli has decided to release a preliminary analysis to the public.”
The market intelligence firm promises to perform an actual, detailed teardown of the new iPhone’s components and cost structure once the handset becomes available.
In the meantime, a breakdown of the virtual teardown is being provided below. An analysis of the breakdown was presented on Monday.