iPad Air Found to Be Cheaper to Produce Than Older iPad Models
The iPad Air is Apple’s latest iPad, which sports a 64-bit A7 dual-core processor and a 9.7-inch LED-backlit retina display, all packed into Apple’s thinnest and lightest design for the iPad yet. But don't let this fool you – it's also Apple's fastest iPad yet.
While the iPad may be the latest and greatest iPad yet, a research firm known as IHS claims that the iPad Air is also significantly cheaper for Apple to produce than previous versions of the iPad, reports AllThingsD
According to IHS, it only costs Apple anywhere between $274-361 to manufacture an iPad Air depending on the storage and wireless capabilities of the device. The retail price of the low-end Wi-Fi-only iPad Air starts at $499, while the high-end cellular-capable iPad Air ends at $929. So you can be sure that Apple is making a pretty penny per device.
The iPad Air’s touch screen is one of the device’s most expensive parts in the manufacturing process, coming in at $133 per pop, where $90 of this is for the display alone without all of the touch screen technology. Notably, the iPad Air's display is thinner than previous versions of the iPad, and it now uses fewer LEDs to light up the display (36 now instead of 84), which helps Apple in the factors of power efficiency and cost. The iPad Air's 64-bit A7 chip costs Apple around $18 to produce.
notes that the iPad Air is $42 cheaper for Apple to produce than the third-generation iPad with retina display.
Recently, iFixit tore down the iPad Air
showing all of the device's insides and gave the device a 2 out of 10 repairability score.