The 32-gigabyte version of the iPad Air costs Apple only an additional US$8.40 to make than the 16GB model yet sells for US$100 more, IHS estimates. Photo: EPA

Thinner, lighter iPad Air also cheaper for Apple to make

Apple seems to have trimmed the bill for making its latest iPad along with the tablet computer’s width and weight.

The iPad Air that sells for US$499 costs Apple US$274 to make, based on an analysis released on Tuesday by the research firm IHS.