There has been much speculation on the release of an iWatch. Here I show my analysis of possible costs. I start with data from iHS breakdown of the iPhone 5s costs, and go from there.
This section covers details of the costs, while a complete discussion is in the main article.
9 – NAND
The Gear has 4 GB memory, I see no reason why Apple’s watch should have anymore.
10 – DRAM
Apple can save here. The watch will not be performing large calculations not rendering large images or videos, so large amounts of DRAM would be superfluous.
11 – Display
Much smaller screen will be a lot cheaper.
12 – Processor
I am calling the processor for the iWatch the A8w. The reason for this, is that I believe the I watch will need the newer 28nm process.
13 – Cameras
A 2 MP camera should be sufficient for the iWatch. There is no need for any greater resolution since the user will have his iPhone with him.
14 – Wireless
The watch will not need to have cellular connectivity.
15 – Sensors
I am not sure if the watch will have touch ID fingerprint sensor or not. It is rumored to have several health sensors, But that remains to be seen.
16 – Communications
The iWatch needs to communicate with me iPhone to which is paired. Therefore it will need at least Bluetooth but neither GPS nor Wi-Fi etc. As in the iPhone.
The rest of the items pretty much speak for themselves smaller battery fewer electromechanical sensors and there will be no need for charger in the box contents.
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