LCD Prices on the Rise

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A Digitimes article reports that LCD prices are on the rise...

Prices of 15-inch panels were originally not expected to reach US$250 until the fourth quarter this year. Many panel makers have said that 15-inch panel prices will increase by another US$5-10 in April.

It seems LCD manufacturers are making up for previous losses... however, panel manufactering is current expanding which may lead to further price drops in the future.

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irmongoose

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although these price rises (which arent that much at all) seem bad for now, it will be good for the future... as in the LCD makers will be able to make more money now, then use that money to make more, and eventually prices will fall dramatically.

Think of the future.

17-inches @ $350? WOW.


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Mr. Anderson

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Re: LCD Prices on the Rise

Originally posted by arn

Prices of 15-inch panels were originally not expected to reach US$250 until the fourth quarter this year. Many panel makers have said that 15-inch panel prices will increase by another US$5-10 in April.

That's only 2% - 4%, not much more than a burb in the big picture.
 

StuPid QPid

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Re: Re: LCD Prices on the Rise

Originally posted by dukestreet


That's only 2% - 4%, not much more than a burb in the big picture.
That's alot, if Apple's margins on the new iMac are as low as they have hinted at. 2-4% on a margin of say 10% could hurt their profits alot. Let's hope that Apple negotiated a long term mass production deal with their LCD suppliers...
 

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margins

But then factor in how much does the price of the monitor contribute to the overall price of the iMac. 2% - 4% becomes anywhere between .28% to .77% depending on the increase and the model purchased.

Figure how many models they're going to sell when the new price is in effect, multiply that by the price dif and you get peanuts.

10,000 units * 5 to 10 = $50,000 to $100,000.
 

StuPid QPid

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Re: margins

Originally posted by dukestreet
But then factor in how much does the price of the monitor contribute to the overall price of the iMac. 2% - 4% becomes anywhere between .28% to .77% depending on the increase and the model purchased.

Figure how many models they're going to sell when the new price is in effect, multiply that by the price dif and you get peanuts.

10,000 units * 5 to 10 = $50,000 to $100,000.
Sorry dukestreet, but I think you're an order of magnitude out in your calculations.

The top of the range iMac costs $1800.
Assume a margin of 10% (Nobody knows for sure, my guess is it's more than this, but it makes the calculation easier)
That gives a margin of $180 per iMac.
Now $5 to $10 extra to pay for a costlier LCD = 2.7 to 5.5% of this margin.
(I doesn't matter what proportion the LCD costs contribute to the total cost, if the overall price stays the same).

Also I thought Apple plans to eventually ship 200,000 units per quarter.
200,000 units * $5-10 = $ 1 to 2 million. That's not to be sniffed at, although I admit it's still peanuts if you have cash reserves of $4 billion...

Anyway, my guess and hope is that this is irrelevant, as I'm sure Apple would have negotiated a long term deal with their LCD supplier.
 

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magnitudes

If they ship 200,000, its going to be while. The price will change more than once on LCDs by the time they ship their 200,000 iMac, is my guess. Besides, what about the other components, and their price changes. It all evens out, mostly. All I was trying to say was that in the short term, such a small increase would be negligible. If the price stays up and maybe even goes higher, well, that's a different matter altogether.

Its all speculation at that point.
 

TechLarry

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As I understand it, this is the main reason for the shortage of LCD iMac's. The display panels simply aren't there...

The issue is complicated (in a good way, I guess) by the fact that instead of using a run-of-the-mill 15" panel, Apple is using an unusually high-quality display in the LCD iMac that results in lower yeilds. I can personally attest to the fact that the iMac LCD is the brightest, clearest 15" panel I have yet to see.

The overall problem in the industry is the manufacture of the "Motherglass", the main glass that is used in the manufacturer of LCD's. I believe one major plant had to close due to a chemical spill, fire, or somesuch other disaster.

But, then again, we can't forget that popularity breeds greed, so it will be interesting to see where this all goes.

The LCD manufacturers have to be careful. If they monkey with the market too much, they may find themselves trampled over by other more cost-effective displays and manufacturing techniques that have been on the drawing board for a while. They may end up missing their own boat if they piss off the consumer too much.

TL

Originally posted by whfsdude
What does that mean for the new imac?
 

TechLarry

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Re: Re: Re: LCD Prices on the Rise

I assure you Steve would NEVER sell this machine at a 10% margin :)

TL

Originally posted by StuPid QPid


That's alot, if Apple's margins on the new iMac are as low as they have hinted at. 2-4% on a margin of say 10% could hurt their profits alot. Let's hope that Apple negotiated a long term mass production deal with their LCD suppliers...
 

TechLarry

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Re: magnitudes

RAM prices are rising too (artificially, IMHO, but that's another story).

Apple is getting hit with a double-whammy lately.

TL

Originally posted by dukestreet
If they ship 200,000, its going to be while. The price will change more than once on LCDs by the time they ship their 200,000 iMac, is my guess. Besides, what about the other components, and their price changes. It all evens out, mostly. All I was trying to say was that in the short term, such a small increase would be negligible. If the price stays up and maybe even goes higher, well, that's a different matter altogether.

Its all speculation at that point.
 

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hmm i thought ram prices were going up b/c some factories go destroyed in an earthquake or something.....

and ya the LCD in the new imac is beautiful. and damn I luv that white keyboard
 

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Memory Margin

As far as I can see, memory is where Apple makes up a lot. Just a fast check to the online Apple Store and I come up with these numbers.

256MB* of SDRAM $150
512MB of SDRAM $300 (2 DIMMS)
512MB of SDRAM $400 (1 DIMM)
1 GIG of SDRAM $700 (2 DIMMS)

*making the assumption that the extra 256MB price of $150 is the initial price for the standard model

Going to my favorite place to get memory - McDonald and Assoc.
www.buymemory.com
I come up with these numbers.

168pin DIMM SDRAM 133MHz  
 168-Pin  256MB  32x64  7.5 ns $ 73
 168-Pin  512MB  64x64  7.5 ns $ 148

Now, I'm assuming that McDonald and Assoc. is trying to make money too. But even so, you do the math - Apple's making a killing on memory.


One reason I never buy additional memory from Apple.
 

Ensign Paris

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Originally posted by whfsdude
What does that mean for the new imac?
Apple supposidly bought 1 million flat screens from Quanta so therefore there will be a few months before this effects Apple.

I don't think Apple would let this effect the imacs price, they would just cut down the iMac profit.

Ensign
 

stoid

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It says prices are going up right now, but will go back down because new facilities are being built. How long until they open and prices drop??? And if RAM prices are going back up because an earthquake destroyed some factories, thats the second time in 5 years, I know Japan and California are famous for earthquakes, so why do we build tech factories there. Is it because its close to the rest of the industry???