Detailing the teardown to AllThingsD recently, research firm IHS concluded that the 16GB, Wi-Fi iPad Air cost just $274 to build, some $42 cheaper than the same-specced iPad 3.
That said, some components were more expensive than before. The Retina Display was one example, even though it relied on fewer LED lights (36 compared to 84) as it used an optical film layer to spread the lightness.
Other notable findings included that the A7 chip cost $18 –$5 less per unit than the A5 18 months ago – and that the iPad Air’s LTE chip supports all U.S. wireless carriers (unlike the iPhone 5C and 5S).
IHS estimates that Apple achieves a 45% gross margin on [...]
The deal sees the Wi-Fi only model drop from $799 to $679, and the cellular model fall from $929 to $789. Both models are Apple-certified, are available in black and white and come with a one-year warranty, which acts as some reassurance that these refurbs should last for a while yet.
Apple fixes up refurbished models with a brand new battery and outer shell and the 128GB model is the latest in a long line of repaired iPads selling on the cheap. The Cupertino company already offers refurbished editions of the iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2 and iPad mini, and prices start from as low as $279 for an iPad mini with 16GB of storage.
This news comes as Apple gears up to launch its [...]
No on version 4.1, the app offers up “general improvements to call quality and stability” as well as the HD video calling feature for iPad 4 users.
The bad news is that while first, second and third generation iPad users will be able to upgrade to the app (free, iTunes), they will still have to make do with standard-definition video calls.
That is because only the latest iPad comes with a 1.2MP HD front-facing camera, while the iPad 3 and 2 both come with a 0.3MP standard definition snapper.