Originally posted by Chucker
Do you have sources for this?
Specifically, do you have sources for the prices Apple paid Freescale vs. the ones Apple paid Intel?
I guess not.
$100 being a completely inflated price, since this costs Apple, what, $5? If even that.
Comes as part of the chipset.
Yeah, woo, ¢50?
I'll give you those. Being as there was a gap of well over a year, however, that's not much.
Most of which came virtually free for Apple.
Actually, the source of the cost increase was from an article here at AI. I don't have it bookmarked, but I'm sure you could find it if you did a search. If i remember correctly the cost of the Intel chip was almost 2x the cost of the G4 chip at the time.
As far as bluetooth/Wifi, I honestly don't know what it costs Apple but my guess would certainly be more than $5 and it still doesn't change the fact that it WAS a $100 upgrade.
Laughably cheap? Maybe cheap, still an addition that cuts into the margin.
Comes as part of the chipset - True, but that is why that chipset costs more
Yeah, woo, 50 cents - Unlikely that 2 usb ports and digital and analog in/out cost 50 cents.
I'll give you those - Good, don't forget the additional cost of the faster RAM.
You discount all these things, but you have to remember, this was a $499 box with a very low profit margin compared to the higher end machines. All these small things add up.
Anyways, you asked.. I told you.