The Apple Roundup: Apple supplier Foxconn admits hiring underage workers

Here’s our daily pick of stories about Apple from around the web that you shouldn’t miss. Today’s installment: Apple’s biggest supplier admits breaking China’s underage hiring law, profile of a maps app that’s taking advantage of Apple’s failure, and teardowns of the Lightning connector and iPod nano.

iPhone 4S costs an estimated $196 to make

Like clockwork, IHS iSuppli mercilessly tears down new iPhone models and exposes their inner works, looking to devine the secret of their manufacturing and components costs. On Thursday, the firm released its analysis of the latest and greatest, the iPhone 4S.

iPhone 4S teardown reveals 512 MB of RAM, more

Apple repair site iFixit has already managed to secure an iPhone 4S and pulled it apart. Details of what’s inside reveal a design that’s fairly similar to its predecessor, as you might expect from the outside appearance of the 4S, but also show some noteworthy changes.

A peek inside the new Apple Thunderbolt cable

The new Apple Thunderbolt cable costs $49, which is a bit pricey. iFixit took a peek inside one of the new cables and came up with a good reason why Thunderbolt isn’t cheap. Even if costs don’t drop, though, this tech has legs.

Cost to Make the Apple TV? Just $64

iSuppli has gotten around to tearing down the new Apple TV and assessing its manufacturing cost. The final tally? Only $64 U.S., a considerably smaller sum than the $237 the previous generation Apple TV, introduced in 2007, cost to make. So why the big difference?

iPhone 3GS Hardware Cost Breakdown

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With the recent launch of the iPhone 3GS, many are curious as to exactly what makes up the guts of the new device and what it costs Apple (s aapl) to build it. A recent teardown by industry analyst iSuppli reveals the iPhone 3GS, while at first glance is very similar to its predecessor, actually includes some unique changes to the hardware. According to the research, the total cost of the new iPhone 3GS 16GB is about $179, which is only $5 more than the previous generation 8GB model when it was released around this time last year.

Of course, when comparing this figure to the cost of the new iPhone, it’s important to remember that it doesn’t include what Apple charges carriers, which subsidize the price to the end user in exchange for signing new contracts. Additionally, this figure is for the cost of the device itself, and does not include packaging or other accessories included in the box. Read More about iPhone 3GS Hardware Cost Breakdown