That jaw-dropping $79 price point on Amazon's new Kindle just got a little nuttier: It turns out the thing costs a $84.25 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, iFixit took it apart to see what makes it tick.
The $500 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 $500 in profit. Here's how it breaks down:
When first released, every PlayStation 3 lost Sony about $200. Then, they figured out how to cut costs and broke even for a while. Now, with the cheaper PS3 Slim, they're back to losing money, albeit a lot less money.
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The last decline in PC shipments was a 5.1 decrease back in 2001 due to the crazy dot com bubble, so it's not like PC sales decline regularly. That makes this 4% drop quite unusual.
Desktop PCs have been in decline for a decade, and countless people have said their piece about it. But new evidence suggests the desktop tower's death spiral is underway—and we're not too broken up about it.
iSuppli's latest teardown has revealed that the BOM and manufacturing cost of the iPhone 3GS comes to $178.96. That's a little over $4 more than the previous iPhone at release last year and about $8 more than the Palm Pre.
The first quarter of this year wasn't a good time to be in the business of selling anything, but iSuppli reports that price leader Vizio beat out its higher-quality competition with cheaper Walmart sets.
According to an iSuppli teardown, the Kindle 2 costs $185 to build—or about half the device's $360 sticker price. That's $176.83 in parts, $8.66 in construction costs. Here's the major component breakdown: