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Investing Inside The iPhone 12


It's finally here, Apple's 5G iPhone. Investors have been looking forward to this for more than a year and it's finally here.


Thanks to the great folks at iFixit, we get to see what's inside of Apple's iPhone 12 without having to buy and open our own.


What iFixit's teardown revealed is that there are several publicly traded companies that benefit from the iPhone's success, and that exposure to these companies could lead to big profits for investors down the road.


We've tried to color code the company name and the part they provide with the color of the squares iFixit used to highlight the part. Each company's name is linked to the company's investor relations page for investors seeking more information. To close the whole thing out we look at how the companies stack up against each other by looking at their price-to-earnings, price-to-sales, price-to-book and more.





What You're Looking At: The Logic Board of the iPhone 12

Apple's A14 Bionic SoC layered over a Micron D9XMR MT53D512M64D4UA-046 XT

USI/Apple U1Ultra-wideband chip

Avago 8200 high/mid power amplifier with integrated duplexer

Qualcomm SDR8655G and LTE transceiver

Qualcomm SDX55M5G modem-RF system and SMR526 intermediate frequency IC


Apple APL109 4343S00437 PMIC

Kioxia NAND flash memory, 64GBs.








Apple/Cirrus Logic 338S00537 mono audio amplifier

NXP Semiconductor CBTL1614A1 display port multiplexer Texas Instruments SN61280 camera power management

Texas Instruments SN2611A0 battery charging IC

Apple/Cirrus Logic 338S00565 ? audio codec

STMicroelectronics STWPA1-3033ABM wireless charging IC

STMicroelectronics STB601A04 power management



Skyworks Sky5 RF module

Qualcomm PMX55 power management

Apple 338S00564 power management

Qualcomm SMR526 RF transceiver

Bosch Sensortec unknown accelerometer




We haven't done a break down like this in some time, but it appears all of the same players are still involved. Companies like Skyworks Solutions, NXPI, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments have been mainstays in the last several iPhone.



From the chart above the ROIC (Return on Invested Capital) of Apple, Texas Instruments, and Skyworks Solutions' really stands out. To verify that these companies are creating long-term value for their shareholders we would need to compare their ROIC to each company's weighted average cost of capital.


Investors have been betting big on Apple since mid 2019 in hopes that consumers run out and grab the iPhone 12 because it is 5G enabled. From the MKBHD iPhone12 video views count, its obvious that there is genuine interest in the product from potential consumers. If the iPhone 12 is a big win for Apple it will also be a big win for the companies who were able to get their components inside the iPhone 12.


That's a look inside the iPhone 12 from an investors point of view. We hope you found value in this and we look forward to peeking inside other popular consumer tech products to see where we can put our investment dollars to work.


Thanks again to iFixit for their break down.