The day of inexpensive iPhones, iPod touches and iPads may be coming to an end thanks to “soaring labor costs caused by worker shortages and unrest, a strengthening Chinese currency that makes exports more expensive and inflation and rising housing costs.” Will that next device wind up costing us more?
March is barely a few hours old, and already the rumors are flying that a “manufacturing bottleneck” will constrain iPad shipments when they finally arrive at month’s end. Where have we heard this story before?
It used to be that you’d have to wait for a product to actually be available before someone could break it down and estimate what it cost to build. One such company looks into its crystal ball to get some cost estimates for the iPad.