iPad Mini Specs and Estimated build cost of $195 suggests $299 retail price

Apple Insider – Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said in a research note to investors that the estimated bill of materials (BOM) plus manufacturing costs for Apple’s iPad mini will range from $195 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, to $254.50 for the top-of-the-line 64GB 4G LTE version. Comparing these numbers with allegedly leaked retail prices from the UK, Apple will be seeing gross profit margins of 35 percent to 58 percent.

The third-generation iPad, which is also considered a low profit margin product for Apple, grabs a 37 percent to 51 percent margin rate. In contrast, the iPhone 5 is estimated to bring in huge margins of 68 percent to 72 percent.

It appears likely that three wishlist items for the iPad Mini from Gottbemobile will be reached.

1. Starting price at $300
2. $529 for a 32GB iPad Mini with 4G LTE
3. Processor better than the iPad2 and at the iPhone 5 or better

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