Yes the smaller device costs less in supplies but it still needs the assembly lines and manufacturing and shipping and marketing and overhead, etc. The ipad air costs $100 more, and it doesn't cost apple $100 more for supplies for the ipad air.Material wise it has to be the mini.
Not sure about the overall cost.
That makes sense except that usually it costs more money to make things smaller when it comes to electronics so that makes me lean towards the Air being more profitable from a percentage or margin standpoint.Air no doubt. I don't think there's a single difference in terms of assembly between the Mini and the Air, it's just a different conveyor belt it comes off of. So we're talking minuscule increase in cost for the slightly larger materials with a $100 markup.
This is not a factor here. Logic board and most of other components are the same between the Air and the rMini. It's just different size enclosure which should be cheaper to make for a smaller tablet. The only difference that adds to that $100 difference is rMini's higher ppi screen. $10 extra? $20?That makes sense except that usually it costs more money to make things smaller when it comes to electronics
iPad 2 is still a hot seller.Knowing absolutely nothing about apples actual cost of manufacturing...
I would 'assume' that the rMini would have a lesser profit margin due to initial higher tooling cost to make a different retina display size.
The current Air retina display has been in use since 3rd gen. So, I would guess that their current profit margin would be higher.
And I still can't believe that 2 is still for sale. Did they over manufacture those or what?