As smartphones and tablets become commonplace, and as employees make the case to bring various kinds of devices into the workplace, IT faces the challenge of managing access, usage, and security across multiple mobile devices.
To address that need, many vendors have developed mobile device management (MDM) tools that provide a central console to manage multiple devices over the air with a common set of policies, ensuring consistent policy enforcement and providing auditing capabilities as well.
Common capabilities include remote wipe and lock, password enforcement, device encryption enforcement, restricted access to designated virtual private networks (VPNs) and Wi-Fi networks, and remote policy installation.
These tools use one of two approaches, and sometimes both: they use policy profiles, typically based on the widely used Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) protocol, and they use a client application on each supported device to provide the managed, secured workspace and additional policies. Those that support the BlackBerry work with Research In Motion’s own tool, BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES).
The new iPad, equipped with 32 Gigabytes (GB) of NAND flash memory and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless capability, carries a bill of materials (BOM) of USD $364.35. When the $10.75 manufacturing costs are added in, the cost to produce the new iPad rises to $375.10. The BOM of the 16GB 4G LTE version amounts to $347.55, and the 64GB version is estimated at $397.95.
The $364.35 BOM represents 50 percent of the $729.00 retail price of the 32GB LTE version of the new iPad.
The very lowest-end version of the new iPad, with 16GB memory and no LTE, carries a combined BOM and manufacturing cost of $316. The highest-end model, with 64GB memory and integrated LTE, has a total BOM and manufacturing expense of $408.70.
The new iPad is more expensive to produce than the iPad 2 at the time of product launch, even though the retail price points are the same. The 32GB LTE model’s BOM is nearly 9 percent higher than an iPad 2 equipped with 32GB and 3G wireless, which carried a cost of approximately $335 at the time of product launch. Major factors driving up the BOM include the addition of the high-resolution Retina display, LTE wireless and a larger-capacity battery.
* Please note that these teardown assessments are preliminary in nature, account only for hardware and manufacturing costs and do not include additional expenses such as software, licensing, royalties or other expenditures.