Apple is laughing all the way to the bank everytime someone is dumb enough to buy its netbook without out a keyboard.
Isuppli has just done a tear-down of the components inside an iPad and discovered that the whole lot can be made for $259.60.
The biggist priced components are the touch-screen, which costs $95 and the $26.80 processor.
The tear down was of the lowest priced 16-gigabyte iPad which is in the shops for $500. This means that Jobs Mob takes some fairly cheapish kit and doubles the price when it sticks its fruity badge on it.
Isuppli said the mark up was similar to other Apple gear such as the iPhone 3GS.
A high-end 64-gigabyte version of the iPad, which retails for $699, contains components that cost $348.10, according to Isuppli. Again about double the real cost.
More than 40 percent of the iPad’s cost is devoted to powering its touch-screen display and other components of the computer’s user interface. The shiny aluminium casing on the back of the device contributed about $10.50 to cost of materials.
ISuppli was surprised that it found more under the bonnet of the iPad than it expected. Previously it thought Apple would get away with less chips. However it turned out there needed to be more to power interactions with the iPad’s 9.7- inch screen.
All up though the question remains is how can Apple just simply take something quite cheap and double the cost and have people tell you that it is value for money? There must be one born every minute.