Originally Posted by Crowley
Maybe. There are ways you even see yourself.....
Originally Posted by Crowley
continue selling the iPad 2 at around the $350-$400 price point once the iPad 3 is released.
One way for sure. That's already been (highly successfully) done with the phones. Costs for older components continue to drop, engineering, tooling and line costs become fully amortized, the device is still great. Refurbed and used markets already exist. Etc.
Originally Posted by Tharsman
I can actually see a $299 iPad 2 with 8GB of memory and no cammeras, or at least only with a front facing cammera, existing alongside the iPad 3.
This is also already being done - except it would cost more to strip the "cammeras" off and change the case and innards than to leave 'em. But reduced RAM in the iCloud age fits a value equation.
Originally Posted by irnchriz
iPad mini = iPod Touch.
Originally Posted by Shaun, UK
May get iPod Touch with a larger screen next year to combat the Fire, PSP, etc. Hope so.
And this is the other - or another - way.
Apple already (brilliantly) ignored my suggestion to make the iTouch into their P&S camera killer, leaving that role to the iPhone - but they have, as noted by Alfiejr (partially quoted below) used it to make inroads into the highly lucrative mobile gaming market. And a bigger screen (and A5 CPU) could help here.
I think pixel count/density is the key. If they want to go "retina all the way" with new models (or at least "retina-like,"), the main price/value/margin question is the price of an appropriate 5" (or less likely 7") screen next year that scales to the dimensions of iPhone apps while not giving developers another incremental res to write to. And following Steve's "sandpapered fingertips" dictum, as also noted by Alfiejr, I agree with those who say this device size would run phone and not pad apps (based around a 960-by-640 ratio), but I suppose a 7-8" 1024x768 screen-size is not impossible to imagine).
Originally Posted by Alfiejr
..as several have noted, the iPod touch has always been Apple's mini-tablet. the iPod name was just a marketing ploy to get it launched successfully when "tablets" still could not be readily marketed. and it has gone on to assume a majority of the iPod market.
...at a $299 starting price, a "Big Touch" would compete well in the lower-end tablet market. especially given it would be far, far more powerful and capable than the Kindle Fire and its stripped-down cheap looking ilk from other OEM's.
and with a maximum 160G SSD it could also finally replace the iPod Classic.
what is definitely not going to happen is a "cheapo" 10" iPad. Apple does not join any commodity price race to the bottom.
Agreed on the last two points!
Originally Posted by AjitMD
Anybody here who has been around and remembers the IBM PC Jr with the chicklet keyboard?
I see there are several besides me. I just want to add that it wasn't just the KB that made this such a loser - it even had crippled capacity to run PC apps! (This was, I believe, an attempt to avoid cannibalizing PC sales.) Truly a classic "horse designed by a committee."