That jaw-dropping $US79 price point on Amazon’s new Kindle just got a little nuttier: It turns out the thing costs a $US84.25 to manufacture, according to an exclusive report to Mainstreet by serial gear teardowner iSuppli.
It doesn’t take long, does it? The same day Apple’s new Thunderbolt cable hit retail shelves, iSuppli took it apart to see what makes it tick.
The $US500 16GB, Wi-Fi only iPad costs Apple less than half that to build, according to a recent component breakdown from iSuppli. And for the 64GB 3G iPad, Apple clears nearly $US500 in profit. Here’s how it breaks down: