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  • How Much Does it Cost to Build an iPad?

    We all know how much the iPad and its various models cost. But how much do the components that actually comprise the iPad really cost? According to the analysts at ISuppli, about $260.

    Since officially going on sale last weekend, everyone it seems has been deconstructing the iPad - and not just the guys at iFixit. In addition to jailbreakers, modders, and your run of the mill Apple fan boys, there is no shortage of individuals who want to know everything about the iPad from the inside and out. ISuppli's latest findings help to nicely satisfy that growing appetite.

    All told, the components that make up the $260 iPad include several chunks that largely account for the bulk of the tablet's cost of production. For example, the touch-screen display alone ($95) is responsible for more than one third of the entire materials cost of the low-end iPad. The neat little processor (brought to life by Apple and Samsung) chips in another $26.80 to the total package.

    Of course, if you're talking about a whopper of an iPad - the $699 64-gig model, for example - the cost of production spikes substantially, with Apple's materials cost settling in at $348.10, according to research from ISuppli.

    Shortly after the iPad was announced on January 27th, iSuppli analysts estimated that the cost of the device's components would run Apple about $220. That prognostication, however, was blithely unaware of the sophisticated innards of the tablet computer, which is packed with more silicon chips than previously anticipated.

    Naturally, representatives for Apple won't confirm or deny iSuppli's findings - but did anyone really expected otherwise?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How Much Does it Cost to Build an iPad? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I beleive it is too. The amount of R&D that was put behind this thing has to be massive.
    1. G-baby158's Avatar
      G-baby158 -
      If you don't like how much it costs to make them to the price Apple sell them for, it's simple, DON'T BUY THERE PRODUCTS IF YOUR NOT HAPPY WITH THE PRICE!!!!
      I don't care if it cost $100 to make and there selling them for $500, it's a great bit of kit and i feel is worth every penny of the asking price.

      This thread is pointless and i don't see why a mod hasn't closed it as it's just clogging up the forum with posts like this.

      Rant over.
    1. cookbenj's Avatar
      cookbenj -
      it might cost that much to make but then you apple needs to pay the programmers the advertisers, shops workers and on so in my eyes they making large profit from the ipad
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      thank you my brother, you understood what i was trying to say. I was at work when i wrote it, and my boss was around i was trying to do it fast lol.
      slacker! :d
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      slacker! :d
      dude what is your problem with me man?
    1. consultant's Avatar
      consultant -
      In other news, PC users got totally screwed because

      Windows costs $0.27 to build (long satire):
    1. vegasj's Avatar
      vegasj -

      do you actually think GMC spent $40,000 to build that XLT crew cab pickup?

      nooooooo... its business. Keep manufacturing costs low, lower the better... and sell for a profit.