The True Cost of the iPhone

  • Published on Mar 15, 2019
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Comments • 4 985

  • PolyMatter
    PolyMatter  3 months ago +560

    After you check out Brilliant: don’t forget to watch Dave’s excellent video here:

    • Colin Miller
      Colin Miller Day ago

      PolyMatter Thankfully it’s Not Trump

    • whiteknight7 Wayne
      whiteknight7 Wayne 20 days ago

      My focus is business and learning it was a great marketing insight. Well presented!

    • daniel hoover
      daniel hoover 21 day ago

      Maybe you missed it but Apple is only changing the looks of the phone every 3 years now.

    • Cosmin Turian
      Cosmin Turian Month ago

      i just hope u die. clickbait video. 0 information, stupid looking guy , boring voice. go get a job

    • samu1508
      samu1508 Month ago

      u watsed over 10minutes of my life you twat!!!

  • Tybetts
    Tybetts Day ago

    Iphone holds back updates and tech and releases it slowly over time so they can have “new and improves” models every fucking year and its disgusting and manipulative🤔 like they should 100% release new phones every other year so your fucking $1000 iphone 8 plus doesnt feel old before you have even paid off your lease 🤷‍♂️

  • Top Shelf
    Top Shelf Day ago

    Tiny house commercial lol ,smart

  • Lalthiamsanga Hrahsel

    useless video ever...who ever make thid video hope youll see this comment..fuck off...go fuck u r granpa

  • Copy that10_4
    Copy that10_4 Day ago

    Click bait trying to sell a course cash cow. 👎🏻

  • Akash K
    Akash K Day ago

    Who think this video is just beating around the bush rather than explaining wat we came for

  • VinnY BluE
    VinnY BluE Day ago

    Will there be an Apple car, television and what else??? I want to know because i forgot why i started watching this vid in the first place… :S C'mon, go on!

  • Honaito
    Honaito 2 days ago

    This video is so irritating! Regretting for not checking the comments! Sigh! 😣

  • Chemist Chemist
    Chemist Chemist 2 days ago

    The True Cost of the iPhone - I did not get any idea from this video how much they cost because I did expect that this video will be to show how China is making in their factories cheap Iphone and and how apple crapple are making billions of money. #PolyMatter - to get real idea how much costs iphone actually you should show all the secrets of iphone manufacturing process - revealing these secrets could be very possibly really shocking ones!!! - take cheap 1 penny chipset then adding more cheap transistors, resistors, capacitors etc hulji mulji god only knows some cheap electric stuff and at the very end screewing the prices up while selling them! How nice it is?

  • Albert Yang
    Albert Yang 2 days ago

    When Steve jobs says bend over and bite the pillow, all the Apple fanboys bend over.

  • BlackBullPistol
    BlackBullPistol 2 days ago

    The most expensive version: $80 in materials + $30production + $30advertisement & marketing = total of around $140!!!
    Save yourself 13 minutes without a proper answer...

  • richard h.
    richard h. 2 days ago

    i dont think you could compare apple with other companies pricewise since people who buy apple products will probably stay in the ecosystem forever. Also, oneplus phones arent as expensive as apple products. So every new year the new phone isn't way more expensive than an apple phone in comparison. This makes someone more likely to buy a new device than buying a second hand last year model that would otherwise be a few bucks cheaper. That is why your statement on apple phones holding on longer in price should be neglected.

  • thesman32
    thesman32 2 days ago

    yea cos £1000 phones are awesome for us ..i think not
    you could buy a laptop for that

  • trancelistic
    trancelistic 2 days ago

    BUy apple or iphone is the same as buying a Porsche or Ferrari. It goes fast but not allowed. It has no space.. as well, kinda useless...
    Nothing is used and a just waste of money, also both has to risk to get a scratch or get damaged and then its usless or alot of money to fix.

  • Max Simons
    Max Simons 2 days ago

    Holding an iPhone tells me your an idiot that just got scammed
    And have no clue.

  • Superportvein
    Superportvein 2 days ago

    What's with the owning a passport as a status marker? In my country you're illegal when you don't have one.

  • Peter Jack
    Peter Jack 2 days ago

    The cost of the phone does not account for the air time which costs more than the air time alone.

  • João Silva
    João Silva 2 days ago

    Android is better. Change my mind

  • meezocraft op
    meezocraft op 2 days ago

    My Samsung S4 seriously lasted for 5+years. It still works too. My younger sister uses it

  • LilYB215
    LilYB215 2 days ago

    Who tf getting 20,000 dollar phone?

  • Zemo DEV
    Zemo DEV 2 days ago

    for all the people taking shit out on the video, he was spending the time to explain the whole iPhone situation. You have to compare phones and services to show why something isn’t worth a buy.

  • Meshach Christian
    Meshach Christian 2 days ago +1

    ANSWER? $307
    find me at 📷 @thegreatmeshach. I get to the point.

  • Douglas Dusold
    Douglas Dusold 2 days ago

    You're really crazy for saying OnePlus loses the most value in a year. You go and try to buy a year old OnePlus from someone and you're barely getting $100 off. That's way less than 45% iPhones Google and OnePlus hold their value longer than Samsung. iPhone holds its value longer overall. Then OnePlus then Google and then samsung. That's because apps are updated so often that they render your phone obsolete. If you care about performance waiting 3 years is way too long. The second apps start lagging and not running smoothly is when I update. That's about 1.5-2 years max

  • Ronny Untz
    Ronny Untz 2 days ago

    999 :) sTAND lOL

  • L B
    L B 3 days ago


  • Ilman Majid
    Ilman Majid 3 days ago +2

    It's like you explaining more about Apple business model rather than explaining about the true cost of iPhone.

  • Ayush Universe
    Ayush Universe 3 days ago

    The price of new apple stand

  • Nehal Ansari
    Nehal Ansari 3 days ago

    Quite a stupid guy u r.. U r just advertising...🤔🤔🤔

  • Los Angeles way
    Los Angeles way 3 days ago

    0:25 alphabet?

  • Rubin lopez
    Rubin lopez 3 days ago +1

    Never update ur Apple phone lol. As soon as u do it freezes

  • Steve Thomas
    Steve Thomas 3 days ago

    Awesome clickbait bro

  • Micah Zimmer
    Micah Zimmer 3 days ago

    Apple products are garbage and their business practices are horrid.

  • Léo Bitencourt
    Léo Bitencourt 3 days ago

    Well edited and done video, but it's fucking clickbait.

  • Victor Sosa
    Victor Sosa 4 days ago +40

    The iPhone X costs about 370 dollars to make.
    You’re welcome.

  • dasten123
    dasten123 4 days ago

    Man you talk really slowly --__--

  • Stinger Stinger
    Stinger Stinger 4 days ago

    Roses are red violets are blue, the video starts at 5:02

  • Viral Duty
    Viral Duty 4 days ago

    apple fan? ahahahah c mon i was looking for the price of making this ahhahaha

  • D Mitchell
    D Mitchell 4 days ago

    Do a video of the true cost of hearing aids. They probably cost about $5 to make, yet sell for $2000-$4000!! I hope Apple makes hearing aids soon. Think of the profits they could make. They have the technology: ear buds, bluetooth, miniaturization, etc.

  • Abdullah Bader.
    Abdullah Bader. 4 days ago

    You’re stupid

  • Marliano Marline
    Marliano Marline 4 days ago

    Stop wasting time watching the video, just go for the comments..

  • Axel
    Axel 4 days ago

    among others VOC was worth way, way, way more worth than one trillion dollars, adjusted to inflation!!

  • paul sturgess sturg gaming

    iPhone X=1200 1300 galaxy a3 a40 a50 3-600 and better then the x

  • Name Surname
    Name Surname 4 days ago

    so apple is like mr crabs now

  • super saim
    super saim 4 days ago

    None appreciating his work ....hes tryna explain u .....look at his edit in the video it's so amazing ....

  • Derpy Derp
    Derpy Derp 4 days ago

    so i watched 7 minutes of unrelated useless chit chat, only to see you manipulate numbers trying to make iphone look cheaper than it really is. The number you quoted? That's for a NEW device. That doesn't mean you can sell your beaten up used phone for even half of it.

  • mujjuman
    mujjuman 4 days ago

    how much

  • Gran Autismo
    Gran Autismo 4 days ago +3

    "As the price of an iPhone goes up, something new is happening to its value."
    Holy shit this man knows business!!!

  • Jean-Luc Williams
    Jean-Luc Williams 4 days ago

    that ad segway was smooth asf lol

  • Toxically Masculine
    Toxically Masculine 4 days ago +3

    is this the chord progression of wicked game or am i hallucinating

  • ew
    ew 4 days ago

    This is really cool you've sent me over $2361 of this tool now available for you to speed up the registration Great Work...

  • Beezleybuzz
    Beezleybuzz 4 days ago

    This video is just a commercial for some stupid app... FFS....

  • Der König
    Der König 4 days ago


  • rj
    rj 5 days ago

    This video is a waste of time.

  • ForThePeopleShow
    ForThePeopleShow 5 days ago

    C'mon man, by far your worst vid. BS title!

  • that centrist
    that centrist 5 days ago

    Apple was not the first trillion dollar company in history. The Dutch East India company was worth more than 6 times that of Apple at it's peak.

  • Abhigyan Dhakal
    Abhigyan Dhakal 5 days ago +2

    What about the true cost of the brand new Apple Mac pro stand?

  • gilkesisking
    gilkesisking 5 days ago +3

    "The True Cost of the iPhone" from the viewpoint of a capitalist completely avoiding the actual "true cost".

  • Barbary Lion
    Barbary Lion 5 days ago

    It cost apple €30 to make a iphone not more youbare crazy sheep €200 plus for a iphone in massa production

  • AFX Gaming
    AFX Gaming 5 days ago

    This is not the "true cost" this is what you call a load of bullshit, the true cost of production for an iphone is around 50$ where they sell it for 1000... thats why they have a bad business, not the fact that they are competing with the used market. They are competing with the used market because they continue to make more money every year and everybody understands now. selling for over 600% profit is a disgusting business practice, and its destroying to economy's. More of us are buying cheaper items that are just as good or even better than the so called "premium" items, and saving that money to spend on something actually worth owning, or even investing it to make more money so we can afford to buy grocerys or pay a power bill instead.

  • Napoleon Lind
    Napoleon Lind 6 days ago

    Cannot compare the Oneplus One with the Iphone X... Jesus, whole different eras. Gotta compare with the Oneplus 6 if you are gonna compare with the Iphone X

  • SQUID62
    SQUID62 6 days ago

    I don't know. What's a child's life worth these days in China?

  • ARES
    ARES 6 days ago

    well i keep samsung note 8 until now

  • Darknight E
    Darknight E 6 days ago

    Iphone tennis mac

  • DeadPixel
    DeadPixel 6 days ago +4

    Wow! This video must have taken forever to edit! GREAT JOB!

  • Mehemed Hasandic
    Mehemed Hasandic 6 days ago


  • Brandon Garcia
    Brandon Garcia 6 days ago

    this video lost apple 2417800000 USD

  • Anna
    Anna 6 days ago +1

    Yada, yada, yada

    *reads comments* thanks for saving my time, random commentor!

  • R H
    R H 6 days ago


  • Key Pia
    Key Pia 6 days ago

    😒i use apple products for many years,but 1x thing i never will use is the crappy bullshit APPLE MUSIC,apple music is the worst music streaming app.
    SPOTIFY IS THE BEST and will always stay that way 👍

  • MJ
    MJ 6 days ago +5

    I didn't even realize when he switched from talking about the iPhone to brilliant

  • ChilledTea
    ChilledTea 6 days ago

    its HOW-way not wha-way. learn chinese white pig jk lol

  • KNilla R
    KNilla R 6 days ago

    I know people want an exact, monetary price of the materials from this video because that is easy.
    But "cost" is a broad term and I think Polymark is trying to show the ENTIRE cost of the iphone, including materials, social status, software, deprocation, role in Apple's income, etc.
    In short, the iphone is worth as much worth you give it. If you think it is the best thing ever and worth 10,000 then that is what if is will cost you, cause that is how much you would spend on it. If you think it is worth 0 then that is how much it costs to you - zero - cause you wouldnt buy it.
    I still think Polymark couldve shortened it up to about 6min

  • tintin snowy
    tintin snowy 6 days ago

    Get to the fucking point I can only scratch my balls for so long

  • 大名
    大名 6 days ago +3

    Never ask this guy for directions😂😂😂

  • Jonas Modén
    Jonas Modén 6 days ago +1

    Watching this on an iPhone 5

  • _ Torsky _
    _ Torsky _ 7 days ago +1

    i actually wanted to know what it cost to produce damn it

  • Yasir Islam
    Yasir Islam 7 days ago +3

    watch in x1.5 speed or higher :)

  • Joel Diaz
    Joel Diaz 7 days ago

    Oh.... Well...... That was a brilliant ad.

  • dark side
    dark side 7 days ago

    Samsung is more fair and real and better

  • Up DeRa
    Up DeRa 7 days ago

    7:16 welcome ; )

  • deepak parmar
    deepak parmar 7 days ago

    Wasted 13 minutes to here that I need to buy brilliant course with 20% discount at then end, still dont know what is actual price of Apple phone :)

  • Branflakes 4547
    Branflakes 4547 7 days ago +2

    That was a seedy loop around to advertise Brilliant. Take my downvote sir

    • Branflakes 4547
      Branflakes 4547 Day ago

      Wow, you're right. That doesn't change the fact that the advertising is very smarmy

    • Yaz Kangaroo
      Yaz Kangaroo Day ago

      Branflakes 4547 this isn't 9gag sir
      *rolls eyes

  • Mariam Torres
    Mariam Torres 7 days ago

    What are u really talking about ?????? Just talking around the bush ???

  • Gibraltar
    Gibraltar 7 days ago

    lmao u suck

  • Rinki Gamer834
    Rinki Gamer834 7 days ago +5

    Microsoft, Amazon, and Alphabet
    Me: *Wheezes*

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  • Bernard Castleby
    Bernard Castleby 7 days ago

    Apple phones are hands down the most difficult phones to replace parts. Not making it any easier lol.

  • MrUkbeats
    MrUkbeats 7 days ago

    This is a advert in a round about way.

  • Mirko Sardini
    Mirko Sardini 7 days ago

    Sempre i più coglioni noi Italiani.. 1416$ vs 999$ in USA

  • Dylan Plantz
    Dylan Plantz 7 days ago

    My grandfather owned 2 mattress off Hodges blvd in Jax back in the day to wash money. He sold those and the new owners are washing.

  • Bassterra
    Bassterra 7 days ago

    Click bait bullshit

  • Intersect
    Intersect 7 days ago

    You are actually a bad person, fucking whole video for 1 advertisment. I wish youtube had blacklist option for some channels like this, definitely never watching any videos you make again!

  • maxx1mus1041
    maxx1mus1041 8 days ago

    Apple has been ripping people off for years with thier over priced phones think about how much money people have thrown away just for a dam phone 😂😂😂😂

  • John Adefila
    John Adefila 8 days ago +1

    well is cool.
    This is really cool you've sent me over $

  • The Golf Life
    The Golf Life 8 days ago

    Seems like apple would want to focus on offering more accessories. After all if it’s an apple branded product you know it’s going to be of higher quality than 99% of most the crap offered on amazon, eBay or at your local wireless store and yet they still have huge profit margins. Still when I go to the apple store there are very few accessories for my iPhone, iPad, etc.

  • Meep Changeling
    Meep Changeling 8 days ago

    Better idea! Instead of shifting to new platforms, apple crashes and burns while it's CEO is either homeless in the streets of Bannock, or in a Tahitian prison for having run one of the worst companies on earth.

  • FbK
    FbK 8 days ago

    Just watch the fucking video on 2x. Ffs. Just don’t watch it.

  • the preston
    the preston 8 days ago

    12 minutes...11 minutes of bs

  • Thuggerbae
    Thuggerbae 8 days ago

    The sheep in the comments will never get this, good job bro!

  • Joe G
    Joe G 8 days ago

    more like $2000