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iPad mini teardown pegs bill of materials at $188

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iPad mini teardown pegs bill of materials at $188
IHS iSupply have done their usual iPad mini teardown and bill of materials estimate, and they peg the cost to build it at $188. For a tablet that starts at $329, this represents a 43% gross margin, with net probably hovering in the low thirties. 

This is still not far from Apple's average margins, but, of course, not all costs might have been taken into account, since Apple said that the iPad mini carries less than its typical profit margin on the conference call with analysts after its latest quarterly results. 

The most likely guesstimate culprit might be the 7.9" display, which is made by LG or AUO, and commands north of 40% of the overall iPad mini cost, since it is made with a new technology that allows for thinner panels, but still has yield problems, says IHS.

Still, the only loss for Apple is if a person gets an iPad mini instead of the 4th generation iPad, where net profit is more, yet there are more than enough differences between the two. Moreover, this might be offset by the millions more iPad minis Apple will sell to people who would have gotten an Amazon or Nexus tablet, so analysts shouldn't be that worried about cannibalization, but the next quarterly results will show the true extent of it, and if there is a reason to panic about missed larger iPad sales.

via WSJ

iPad mini teardown pegs bill of materials at $188

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posted on 05 Nov 2012, 02:42 3

1. mydi.maus (unregistered)

come on mini,why?

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 02:54 3

2. fistigons (Posts: 353; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

I think Apple should have skipped the in cell display tec and went with a higher resolution display. May have kept the price down. Or they wanted to save it for theiPad mini 2.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 04:00

3. xray174 (Posts: 85; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

they just care about $ overall fck that

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 04:37 1

4. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

Amazon doesn't want a high profit! Oh wait their ads on the lock screen....

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 05:07 1

5. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

thats how google and amazon get their money...ads!!! annoying ads!

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 12:25

9. kozza3 (Posts: 715; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


posted on 05 Nov 2012, 05:13 2

6. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

43%?!!!!! thats huge!! apple why are you so greedy!!

a lot of people (not android folks here) dream to have an (mac and iPad for simplicity, there's still people who dont like the customization of android or any other linux thats why they buy a windows PC) iDevice but its price is too much!!! for example, in my country, an average worker(permanent) can receive a salary of php 8000 or almost $200...so getting an iPad mini will cost them 2 month of their salary!

you contribute to education but you're so pricey to a lot of people!

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 05:49

7. Aeires (unregistered)

This based on standard equipment prices or Apple's rates? We all know Apple has strick contracts for components, I'd be surprised if their profits weren't even higher.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 12:02

8. BadAssAbe (Posts: 464; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)

Forget apple, look at the surface price!
On second thought, FTW, Go Android

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