Online sources are reporting that Apple might be paying upwards of USD 150 for the new retina display panel being used on the new Apple MacBook Pro.
AppleInsider had this to say:
Adding a Retina Display to the MacBook Pro doesn’t appear to come cheap though, if a new report is to be believed. Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes reported on Wednesday that, according to industry sources, the new display is likely to cost “above $150 per unit” from alleged suppliers Samsung and LG Display. By comparison, panel makers reportedly told the publication that the average price of 13- to 15-inch HD notebook panels is $40 to $45, while “Full HD IPS panels” supplied to Asustek are rumored to cost around $90 to $100 a unit.
These panels would of course get cheaper with time and Apple could be getting them at a heavy discount because of bulk orders. But one thing is clear; repairs for these displays out of warranty are going to be much more costly for the end user as well.