AppleInsider reports that according to KGI Securities analysts Ming-Chi Kuo, iPad mini’s bill of materials (BOM) cost will be in the range of $195 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, to $254.50 for the top-of-the-line 64GB 4G LTE version.
It could be the reason why Apple’s smaller iPad will start at $299 or higher, instead of $249, which would have been a killer price.
Here are some interesting details from the estimated bill of materials cost for Apple’s yet-to-be-announced iPad mini:
- The most expensive component will be iPad mini’s screen at $56.50, which includes the display, touch sensor, cover glass and other hardware. Kuo reports that Apple is likely to a new technology called GF DITO, or “GF2,” which will help Apple to make the device 18 percent thinner than the full-sized iPad.
- The next most expensive component is the Logic Board, which will cost $54 for the Wi-Fi only model and $80 for the Wi-Fi + 4G LTE model.
- The aluminum back casing is likely to cost $33.
- Kuo expects Apple to use Qualcomm’s MDM9615M baseband chip that has also been used in iPhone 5. The baseband chip costs $24.
- A variant of A5X system-on-chip that powers Apple’s new iPad but built using the 32-nm process could cost $15.
- The 5-megapixel camera and battery could cost $16.5 and $12 respectively.
Apple is widely expected to unveil iPad mini at the media event tomorrow, October 23.