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Indeed. The moment I saw the $329 price tag on the iPad mini I knew Apple really wanted two products at $299 and $399, but couldn't pull it off that year. I wondered about the amazing longevity of the iPad 2, but realized that it's essentially identical to the original iPad mini. If one stays on the price list the other can too. The $100 discount looks stingy, but the cost of building an iPad is probably similar whether you equip it with an A7 or some obsolete CPU you...
Make 32GB the base model.
 If you have a Thunderbolt equipped iMac you can use it as a display for your Mac Pro.
Anyone who can afford a $70 /mo contract can afford an extra 14 cents/day to move up from last year's phone to a 5S. But there are a lot of people out there who can't do math so I'm sure the 5C will do just fine in the long run, especially for Apple who make huge margins on them.
Back when Steve Jobs was still alive I believe the Mac Pro was discontinued. The evidence is clear. If they had intended to keep making them there would have been an update in 2011 and a more significant one in 2012 so buyers would feel comfortable that Apple wasn't abandoning them. Apple also would not have gone 8 months without a single sale in Europe because the product doesn't have regulatory approval. That alone says the Mac Pro was headed for the same fate as the 17"...
If Apple decides to offer two different sizes of iPhone there will be a very clear difference between the two. 4" and 4.5" just isn't going to happen because they would be too close together. Apple hates ambiguity and I know from trying to sell their products in a previous decade that customers offered too many similar looking products have a terrible time making a decision.   Today we see highly simplified product lines from Apple. Nearly every model of Mac comes in...
Intel does decrease prices from time to time as yields improve, but you're right that all OEMs have access to those price adjustments. Apple issued speed bumps earlier this year to the MacBook Pro from 2.3GHz to 2.4GHz and 2.6GHz to 2.7GHz when Intel made the faster chips available at the same price that the slower ones had previously been. It's safe to assume that Apple did this because MacBook Pro customers are important to them. Today the 2.6GHz i7-3720QM and 2.7GHz...
 Is Windows 8 really driving sales?Anyone who can use Windows 95-XP can use Windows 7, but Windows 8 requires learning a new UI and dealing with the fact that some apps use the new Metro UI while others continue to have the traditional Windows UI. There isn't an organization on earth that wants to waste time and money re-training staff to perform tasks they already know how to do. If Gartner and IDC exclude iPads, but do include Chrome based hardware in their counts that...
This type of behaviour by Samsung puts consumers in a tough spot. We may strongly disapprove of the company and want to hit them where it hurts (their financial statements), but sometimes the best product in a given price range is made by Samsung. Earlier this year I was in the market for a personal laser printer. Not only did Samsung have the lowest cost printers, their better equipped models (Ethernet, wi-fi, duplexing, etc.) were priced the same as entry level ones...
When I was offered 20GB free I decided that it would be nice to have all my photos in the cloud. Then I looked at the size of my iPhoto library and realized it was out of the question.   Today I have my iPhoto library backed up to a second HD at home, to a portable HD at work and Dropbox. I'm reconsidering the Dropbox copy because it uses bandwidth and slows down my computer. I knew the initial upload would be bad (I think it took 4 straight days maxing out my upload...
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