Counting on iOS 6

Get your abacus app ready because on episode 59 of inThirty we take you through iOS 6’s launch by the numbers. First we hash out how many people will be running this hexa-release of iOS on the flagship iPhone 5, and it turns out, it’ll be quite a few. Something like 2 million people sacrificed their credit card numbers to the gods of industrial design and expect to have a brand spanking new i5 at their door on September 21. We try to calculate the amount of revenue the preorders will generate for Apple but our screens can’t fit all of the digits. Next, we take you through the BOM, the bill of materials, for the new iPhone 5. We figure out how much an extra 16GB of memory, or if you’re in the 1% and opt for a 64GB iPhone, an extra 48GB of memory really costs Apple, and how much profit they squeeze out of people just so they can store all of their Angry Birds high scores on their phones. Finally, Chaim goes all Suzy Orman on us and looks at the total cost of ownership of a carrier contract subsidized iPhone purchase and compares that to buying an iPhone at, gasp, full retail cost and bringing your own plan. For the students out there we should mention: listening to this episode counts as 3 credits of undergraduate study in macroeconomics.

Episode 59 Hangout:

Show Notes
Analyst Estimates On iPhone 5 Launch Weekend Sales Range From 3M–10M” | TechCrunch
Apple takes orders for 2 million iPhone 5s; shares hit $700” | Bloomberg Businessweek
Boring” | Curious Rat
AT&T, Sprint chiefs expect strong iPhone 5 sales” | Marketwatch
iPhone 5 Carries $199 BOM, Virtual Teardown Reveals” | iSuppli