“Apple Inc. has arguably become the most popular technology company on the planet for its family of tightly-designed, iconic products that stretch from the Mac to its iLine – the iPod, iPhone and iPad,” Dan Gallagher blogs for MarketWatch.
“A note from Bernstein Research on Friday delves into one often-overlooked aspect of Apple’s business model, which is the money that it makes by essentially reselling the flash memory that is a key component in all mobile electronic devices that store and access data,” Gallagher reports. “Specifically, Apple does not sell any stand-alone memory products, such as flash cards. The company’s product strategy is to offer a family of devices at various price points that are identical, save for their memory capacity.”
Gallagher reports, “For example, the cheapest iPad sells for $499 with 16GB of memory, while the same WiFi-only version with 32GB sells for $599 – meaning Apple sells an extra 16GB of memory for $100. For comparison’s sake, a 16GB Flash memory card can be had on Amazon.com for as little as $20.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Ellis D.” for the heads up.]