iPad Air is Cheaper to Build than iPad 3

Apple’s new iPad Air is about 13% or $42 cheaper to build than the last-year iPad - the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model cost is $274. Although some components, namely, the 9.7-inch Retina display, are a bit more expensive than earlier, in general the device now costs less.

In the latest of its teardown analysis reports obtained by AllThingsD, the firm [IHS] says that Apple’s iPad Air costs between $274 and $361 to build, depending on model. The device sells at retail for a starting price of $499 for the base 16-gigabyte Wi-Fi only model, and for as much as $929 for a 128GB model with Wi-Fi plus cellular data service.

And here’re some other facts and figures found by IHS experts (via AppleInsider):

  • While previous iPad models used two panes of glass, the iPad Air uses just one, reducing thickness.
  • Apple's A7 chip is estimated to cost $18, which would be $5 less per unit than the A5 was estimated to cost a year and a half ago.
  • The iPad Air's LTE chip can support all U.S. wireless carriers, unlike the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.
  • IHS estimates Apple achieves 45 percent gross margin with the 16-gigabyte Wi-Fi-only iPad Air, going up to 61 percent on the maxed-out 128-gigabyte LTE-capable version.

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Written by Andrey

Tuesday, November 5, 2013. 23:36

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