i.e., about $42+ in extra cost is going for $129 for 4G models - and on the iPad 2 3G variant, Apple's charging us the same $129 for $26 in extra build costs (and no new R&D). I'm all for healthy margins, but a 500% gross margin (on the iP 2) and 300% on the rest of the line upgrades seems, dare I say, a bit steep, even for Apple.
And unlike the case with Macs, your independent shop is NOT going to be able to upgrade these parts - storage and especially radio - after the fact at a more reasonable price. You're stuck with what you buy. Period. (Right??)
That's $330 more to Apple for about $93 in extra build costs, i.e, a 355% margin on the upgrades.
Q: Do you think it would have been wise for Apple to not release the Retina Display iPad this year so it can double the capacity of the NAND flash?
In fact I buy 1-3 year old cars with all the upgrades for that very reason - it's like getting the leather, moon roof, and such for nearly nothing - but I want 4G and 64 GB NOW - and so will - being presumably of somewhat sound mind - pay the going freight for my iPad.