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 carrier said starting November 1 it will offer the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display that have Wi-Fi + cellular 200 MB of free 4G LTE data every month for as long as they own their iPad, even if they aren’t yet a T-Mobile customer.
T-Mobile said it also plans to sell the new iPads on a payment plan with no money down. The company already offers a range of connectivity options including daily, weekly and monthly options for 4G LTE data.
A daily pass that includes unlimited data with 500 MB of 4G LTE data starts at $5.
The iPad Air is slated to go on sale November 1 with the iPad mini with Retina display on sale later in the month. [...]
Panay was demonstrating the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets with Windows hardware scientist Stevie Bathiche at the Microsoft store in Seattle’s University Village on Monday, when he appeared to confirm the possibility of a Surface Mini.
“We have a lot of great things that we are thinking about and working on, and there are multiple aspect ratios and sizes and awesome things to come from Surface,” said Panay. His comments were first reported by GeekWire.
The Surface vice president also reiterated that a LTE-enabled version of the Surface 2 will be coming early next year but made it clear that this option won’t be available with the [...]
This could well mean Big Red is getting ready to unveil a new Droid tablet. Considering Motorola is the exclusive Droid partner for Verizon, it could be the first new Motorola tablet since the Xyboard.
This is all speculation for now and we likely will have to wait for at least one more teaser video to find out more. But don't be surprised if Verizon springs a new 4G LTE Android tablet this fall.
The Nexus 7 LTE Android tablet comes with 32GB and a T-Mobile SIM (and 2GB of data service for one month) for $349. It's also compatible with other carriers with LTE service including Verizon, and GSM / HSPA / LTE on AT&T and T-Mobile.