Originally Posted by jd_in_sb
$500 is a psychological barrier for many. I would be surprised if Apple crossed that threshold by adding $80.
Psychological barrier? "of, pertaining to, dealing with, or affecting the mind, especially as a function of awareness, feeling, or motivation". I think you are giving too much credit - assuming that the buyers would make a clear logical decision based on facts. Any iPad purchase is 95% ego and 5% facts.
When people used to save up to buy a product, $500 might have been a price barrier to some, but for most of the people buying iPad's and iPhone's what only matters is if their credit card is accepted after standing in line outside the Apple store.
As long as they can make their minimum monthly payment they are good to go, and then they are free to post comments about how Apple should pay a dividend, or pay more to foreign workers, or release a 7" tablet, or any of the hundred other topics they are clueless about.
Unless of course they get a Groupon coupon.