Making things non repairable or upgradeable DIY style certainly helps Apple's recycling/repair business more than pay its way.
It also makes sure nothing can come loose in transit so a good saving in costs are made there.
It is just a batch of displays. Obviously they will sell to any decent buyer.
Its Apple's doing. They set screen technical standards that multi-suppliers are able to adhere to.
Obviously this gives Apple more power over supplies and...
With the A5 now costing about $10 maximum where is this $200 build cost coming from.
Near $80 gets you metal clad, fast RK3066 3G capable HD tablets wholesale.
Whilst $50 is possible I safely reckon Apple will pay sub $100 build cost.
"Remember: The smaller you go in tech the more it costs."
More to do with artificially high prices.
The iPad mini can certainly be knocked up for $50 and surely its the same for smartphones with much less material cost to compensate.