Market Intelligence guys iSuppli have revealed some fascinating figures regarding the iPad 2’s production costs. The total cost of the 32GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 3G is just $326.60, meaning Apple walks away with around $400 on each unit sold.
Despite the various improvements with the iPad 2, it only costs $6 more than the original to manufacture. The addition of front and rear cameras is one of the most notable upgrades, but they cost a measly $4.30.
The iPad 2’s touchscreen makes up a huge chunk of the $326.60 production cost, at $127. The original iPad’s screen was a whack cheaper, at $95.
Apple is reported to have sold 500,000 iPad 2s at the weekend, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. Multiply that figure by the aforementioned $400 profit, and that means Apple has made somewhere in the region of $200m already.
As we mentioned yesterday, customers in the US now face a wait of 3-4 weeks for the iPad 2. We’re hoping we don’t see a repeat of last year, when the iPad’s UK release was delayed; Apple shifted some of its rest-of-the-world allocation to satisfy US demand.