Originally Posted by Realistic
Apple can't make iPads fast enough to meet demand now, so why should they even consider dropping the price at all?
I think the suggestion here is that if the lead time to ship an order is only 24 hours - that the demand via existing channels is nearing saturation and that in order to maintain the supply-demand ratio that drives the current price - more locations are needed to reach more customers and increase the demand end of the equation to keep pace with the supply.
Whether that increase in available locations means more places to buy in countries where it is already available or adding more countries or both remains to be seen.
In regards to revisions - it is perfectly reasonable to think that the existing hardware - with no changes whatsoever - will continue as is - at the current price points - will continue until all channels and countries have product shipping and until such time as a saturation of all those is near.
The big questions are along the lines of - was there a preset quantity from the very beginning that needs to be sold before the next rev of hardware will be made - or a specific target date (a year out from the original perhaps) - or, perhaps the most likely, a second rev well into development - with relatively small changes which would not significantly affect the supply chain or production line - and which is just waiting for the other parameters to line up (saturation, channels, countries, supply-demand, etc) to be announced.
Product development and testing does take time - and every company is in business to make money - so if it appears that Apple is planning its product releases to make the maximum profit from each one, what is wrong with that? Some folks here make it sound like Apple is secretly plotting to artificially restrict features from a product that they know you want specifically to push you into buying the current, not quite feature complete, product, knowing that when they announce the feature complete product you will be compelled to buy it also. I doubt that very much. More likely is that they are restricting certain features - some of which they know you want and some of which you don't even know you want because they don't exist yet - until the hardware and software etc are up the standards that you expect as a user of Apple products.
Which is not to say that they have never stumbled or missed the mark - but for a company that must be concerned about its bottom line and profit margin to survive - to spend so much time and energy and effort etc to ensure that you get the best possible user experience - which translates into the product loyalty that many have - is remarkable.
On the flip side - what other technology company's products retain such a high resale value on the used market? Even broken iPhones which either do not power on or have smashed screens are selling on eBay for $100.