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Apple's new iPad mini costs just $188 to build

Apple's new iPad build cost sits at around $188.

Published Sun, Nov 4 2012 4:35 AM CST   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:14 PM CDT

Apple's new iPad mini is here, and as usual, we have a new teardown pricing report from IHS. Their teardown report states that Apple's new iPad mini Wi-Fi-only 16GB model costs just $188 to build.

Apple's new iPad mini costs just $188 to build |

The model may cost $188 to build, but it hits shelves for $329 - bumping up the memory to 32GB and 64GB adds $90 and $162, respectively. LG Display and AU Optronics supply the display for the new 7.9-inch iPad mini, with parts associated with the display costing around $80, or roughly 43% of the total Bill of Materials (BOM).

The screen uses a new technology which is known as GF2, which allows the overall display to be thinner than previous iPads. IHS analyst, Andrew Rassweiler, also head of the company's teardown team, says that the new technology is proving to be difficult to manufacture, and for the time being, increasing the costs of the display. Once these issues are resolved, the price on the iPad mini will also drop.

Samsung still manufacturer Apple's A5 processor, through the muck that is their patent trials and being main competitors to each other.


Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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