A recent report from BroadPoint AmTech analyst Brian Marshal suggests that Apple is going to be making more than $200 for every iPad they are able to sell. The range of profit appears to range from $208 on the $499 model and up to $446 on the $829 model.
“According to a bill of materials (BOM) analysis by Brian Marshall of BroadPoint AmTech, the cost of goods inside Apple’s 16GB Wi-Fi-only iPad totals $270.50. That figure includes a $10 line item dedicated to manufacturing, but doesn’t include another $20 set aside for under-warranty service costs. Adding the latter makes Marshall’s bottom-line total $290.50.”
Also interesting to note, but not surprising is that the display was the most expensive part on the list, coming in at $100. That however can be off-set by the lower price of the Apple A4 chip which was noted as being just $15. Other prices include the 16GB of memory and the aluminum casing both of which were $25 each.
This means the profit margin for the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad is roughly 42.9%.
In terms of the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model, based on the same estimates that model is only costing Apple an extra $16 to make which means they will be making a higher profit on the +3G models. On the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model it was noted that the profit margin jumped up to 52%.
I caution you that just because the profit margin on this one product is good, it doesn't mean the company will maintain as a good company to invest your money. The actions or inactions of its managers are the real drivers of solid performance.