Enterprise Mobility: Apple iPad 2 Materials Cost $326.60 for 32GB ATandT 3G Tablet
With the iPad 2, Apple has managed to keep its costs "virtually the same" as with the original iPad, IHS iSuppli reported following a teardown of the 32GB version of the tablet with 3G connectivity. The AT&T model, IHS iSuppli found, carries a BOM (bill of materials) totaling $326.60 before manufacturing costs, while the Verizon Wireless model totals $323.25. By comparison, the 32GB version of the original was $320. The priciest item on the iPad 2's bill, by far, is its touch-screen and display, which the analyst firm says is partly due to the "manufacturing challenges" it presents. Other notable components of the iPad 2which was launched March 11include its GSM/HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) Intel chipset, which is identical to the iPhone 4's; its speedyand priceyA5 processor, which costs 75 percent more than the proprietary A4 in the first iPad; and the battery, again is improved but also is pricier, which along with Apple's special battery-management circuitry, says IHS iSuppli, provides an "exceptional result."