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Moore's Law--or derivations of same--dictate that costs would come down over time and chip technology 'matures.' Why do people think a $90 BOM is unattainable? Look at how little you can pay for today's laptop! Why can't smart phones evolve along the same trend line?
'Launch' is one thing, availability is another. Imagine the angry customers flooding stores on Black Friday, 98% of them walking away without one.
I think Apple's compressed product cycles are hurting the company. You could count on an annual refresh, which took away some of the 'buyers' remorse' people feel now. I'd love the iPad Mini, but I turned my nose up at it because the Retina version will be coming so soon after the initial launch. Same with the iPhone 5S. Why bother with the iPhone 5 with NFC and 'colors' coming with the 5S. No wonder Wal-Mart is blowing out the 4S and 5 at $47 and $127 respectively. They...
I agree that the entry-level one should have been priced at $299. The difference between that and $329 is simply margin that Apple could have afforded to give away. I'm absolutely certain that they will sell fewer of these at $329 than they would have at $299. That's not rocket science. But what they just did was let the competition hang around because now the buying decision isn't as clear-cut as it would have been at $299.  
It's a paradox for the brick-and-mortar stores. Out of all the products one could buy on-line, a local Best Buy will probably carry 1% of those...and then only the most expensive ones which people don't necessarily want. Go onto BestBuy.com and you will see dozens of products you could get in a particular category--say external hard drives. Sort that selection by those available in-store and you magically only see 2 or 3 options...always the most expensive ones. The...
This is funny. I have a whole drawer full of the soon-to-be 'legacy' connecting cables. Which I will happily keep. Which will prevent me from buying a new iOS device ever again.   Hahaha...the cable turns out to be the thing that puts a dent in Apple's iOS device sales going forward.   I can see it now: "Why aren't Apple's new iOS devices flying out the doors like they used to?"   "Well, everyone has roughly 27 of the older cables and they still want to use...
All the talk about the iPad 'mini' having the 'same glass' as the iPhone 3GS is likely to have some people concluding that it won't be 'as good' as the new, larger iPad. Or won't LOOK 'as good.'   Is there any validity to this?
I'm concerned about this commentary about the display on this thing...that it'll be the same as the 'Phone 3GS.' That sure isn't an appealing way to pitch this, is it? I mean, the eye does have a native threshold beyond what it can 'see,' and maybe this iPad Mini display will indeed be glorious. But people will be scratching their heads over the just-released Retina display on the new iPad, versus this '3GS' screen technology on the iPad Mini. Those comparisons--fair or...
We have a couple iPad2's in the house...my wife and daughter both have one. I worked for Apple from early 2010 through late 2011 so bought those two plus another for my son using the Apple discount. No longer working for Apple, I'd still like to buy myself an iPad later this year. It will be a decision to make when choosing between the new, smaller one and the larger Retina-screen one. I think I'd still go for the **new** iPad (3) rather than the little one with the...
Quote: "With few exceptions, once started, downward spirals have often proved very difficult to reverse."   And then there was Apple in the 1990s...Exhibit A of one of those said 'few exceptions.'  
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