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post #81 of 192
If you look at the chart it specifies wi-fi and 3G. I have to believe that the IPad 3 will have 4G support. So I dont believe this at all.

Again I believe Apple will have the following IPads

IPad 2.5 16GB Wi-Fi - $349 (new cpu (A5X), same screen)
IPad 2.5 32GB Wi-Fi / 3G - $399 (new cpu (A5X), same screen)

IPad 3 32GB Wi-Fi - $549 (new cpu (A6), new screen)
IPad 3 32GB Wi-Fi / 4G - $599 (new cpu (A6), new screen)
IPad 3 64GB Wi-Fi / 4G - $649 (new cpu (A6), new screen)
IPad 3 128GB Wi-Fi /4G - $749 (new cpu (A6), new screen)

That's what I think.....
post #82 of 192
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Originally Posted by herbapou View Post

Me. Bad idea, prices should be going down not up.

And I'm certain they could go down if they update the display and related components. But is that a smart business move? Is $499 a high start price when just two years the presume price was $999 and few vendors are matching their $499 price, even with 7" tablets.

Personally, I hope Apple has an iPad 3 at $499 without the HiDPI display or related HW do that two months later they can stop producing them and release a PR statement saying almost everyone wants the HiDPI display version.

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post #83 of 192
I agree about the annoying childish smiles. But that was funny!
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

Nope. The ones who don't raise their prices will go completely and utterly unnoticed, just like right now.

Apple will be seen as a money-grubbing corporation trying to game every last dollar out of their customers "because they can". We'll see new trolls on here saying that Apple's doing it because "since people bought it at $499, they'll buy it at $599". Et cetera.

Well they have 45%+ margins, imo they can absorbed the cost rise to make sure to keep the tablet market share. Securing market share is more important than making a few coins.

And I am hoping for a very low cost model to be announced to go with there textbook program.
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Securing market share is more important than making a few coins.

At no point in Apple's history has that seemed to be the case, really.

Granted, Tim Cook wants the Mac to grow in marketshare. So do I. We'll have to see what he does with it.

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post #86 of 192
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Originally Posted by jumper View Post

If you look at the chart it specifies wi-fi and 3G. I have to believe that the IPad 3 will have 4G support. So I dont believe this at all.

Again I believe Apple will have the following IPads

IPad 2.5 16GB Wi-Fi - $349 (new cpu (A5X), same screen)
IPad 2.5 32GB Wi-Fi / 3G - $399 (new cpu (A5X), same screen)

IPad 3 32GB Wi-Fi - $549 (new cpu (A6), new screen)
IPad 3 32GB Wi-Fi / 4G - $599 (new cpu (A6), new screen)
IPad 3 64GB Wi-Fi / 4G - $649 (new cpu (A6), new screen)
IPad 3 128GB Wi-Fi /4G - $749 (new cpu (A6), new screen)

That's what I think.....

Not only $50 for the cellular and GPS but also including LTE?

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post #87 of 192
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Of course not, it was a joke aimed at the anti-Apple whiners who like to whine about the working conditions. I already pointed out that if there is a price increase, then it's most likely because of added hardware costs due to the new tech.

Doubling the salary of 100k minimum wage workers at Foxconn works out at something like $300m per year. If Apple shipped 60 million iPads, the cost is $5 per iPad or a 1% increase. So yeah, I'd say the added cost is much more likely to come from the display.

This actually happened with the iPhone 4 if I recall correctly. I don't remember the exact prices but the iPhone 4 definitely launched at a higher price while the 3GS stayed largely the same. The 3G/3GS were about £350-399 to buy outright in the UK and the iPhone 4 launched at £499.

So, raising prices isn't quite a rare occurrence. Apple has also raised the minimum prices of the Mini (when they went to $599), iMac (when they dropped the 17" model), Mac Pro ($500 hike) and Macbook (moving to unibody).

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Originally Posted by PatrickRS

they could just keep the iPad2 going longer

I think that's likely. The iPad 2 will be the equivalent of the 3GS. I don't actually see Apple losing ground due to the higher price as the better quality Android tablets aren't all that much cheaper. You might save $200 in the best case but the compromise is too high.
post #88 of 192
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Originally Posted by nagromme View Post

Just give me a 128GB model at the top end, please!

I would expect 128GB to be offered in the high end model based on several manufacturing reprts last year.

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscente...gb_tablet.html

http://betanews.com/2011/05/31/sandi...tablet-module/
post #89 of 192
I guess all the naysayers are worried there won't be lineups at Apple Stores if the price goes up?
Doubtful.

I've always been of the mindset that early adopters should pay more, especially when people wait for hours to buy one the first day. If that is a problem, get out of the line and let things be bought by those who can afford.

What is wrong with a little bit of supply and demand theory for pricing these devices?
Unless you get the whining that occurred when Apple dropped the price of the original iPhone when the eventual price drops on this sort of technology.
post #90 of 192
I can bet this is controlled leak by Apple itself. Apple needs to misguide competition to wrong distortion fields, so they can relax and think they will have similar hardware with similar to best prices. Apple leaked the initial $1000 as a price for iPad 1 and launched it at half of it, creating a tsunami and competition colliding with each other sinking catastrophically to the bottom of the ocean.

Now it is time again. Creating the same distortion field again, will make competition happy and jumpy. When the distortion field is turned off, competitors will never know what hit them.

Apple is master on controlled leaks and Tim Cook is the wizard of logistics and product placement in the market...

I will buy my giant popcorn bucket and watch the carnage...
post #91 of 192
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Are you kidding me?

The iPad 3 is going to sell like hotcakes, even if it's $580. Do you really think that $80 is going to change anybody's mind, besides a couple of people?

It might sell like hot cakes. It also might dissuade quite a few buyers. BTW, my brother has both a iPad 2 and a Kindle and says the Kindle does quite a lot of what his iPad 2 does.
post #92 of 192
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Originally Posted by herbapou View Post

Well they have 45%+ margins, imo they can absorbed the cost rise to make sure to keep the tablet market share. Securing market share is more important than making a few coins.

And I am hoping for a very low cost model to be announced to go with there textbook program.

'Can' does not equal 'should'. This isn't about what is best for us it's about what is best for Apple. I have to assume that Apple wouldn't raise the price without running the numbers and calculating the possible scenarios.

Why should Apple take a lower margin if they will lose money from the deal? What if they determined that even at a price increase they will still sell all they can produce? What if the cost of the new HW is equal to or more than $80 thus making this a drop in profit margin despite the increased cost?

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post #93 of 192
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That's not surprising as they have the same screen resolution.

sorry meant 3gs.
post #94 of 192
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It might sell like hot cakes. It also might dissuade quite a few buyers. BTW, my brother has both a iPad 2 and a Kindle and says the Kindle does quite a lot of what his iPad 2 does.

In the same way Top Raman does the same as a Ruth Chris's steak.

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post #95 of 192
So a few people believe they will no longer produce 16GB models? What are the chances?

I thought this was their best (maybe 2nd best) selling model?
post #96 of 192
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sorry meant 3gs.

I thought you probably did. But I think the difference between retina and non-retina is huge, especially for text. The iPad 2 looks positively blurry compared to the IP4.
post #97 of 192
Either way it should be fairly easy to get 2X performance out of a A5X chip.

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I don't think anything can drawn from Apple using A5X over A6. The A5X could very well be a 2x doubling of most components. Double the A9 cores, double PowerVR GPU cores, and double the RAM.
post #98 of 192
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Originally Posted by Jimbo1234 View Post

Hope Apple keep with the same price structure.
It would put them further ahead of the game compared to the competition.
Might as well go for the kill.

The kill is already got.
post #99 of 192
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Originally Posted by bdkennedy1 View Post

I think the screen on my iPad 2 looks amazing. I'll be skipping the iPad 3.

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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post

The original iPhone screen looked great, too, and it had a substantially higher PPI than the current iPad, but we all saw how much better the display got with the iPhone 4. Of course, part of that was moving to IPS over TN.

I wonder if a Retina Display iPad will have the same impact as the RD iPhone. Yes, it will be beautiful. But part of the appeal for that pixel density on the iPhone is the smaller screen meant smaller UI elements which could be hard to read. The higher resolution added a needed increase in readability of those small screen elements. A similar incease in resolution on the iPad would be cool, but I'm not sure it will have the same impact because you had more space to work with from the start.

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Originally Posted by jd_in_sb View Post

$500 is a psychological barrier for many. I would be surprised if Apple crossed that threshold by adding $80.

I would agree that if the cheapest iPad was over $500 it would be a psychological barrier. Even if many of the sales end up being of the more expensive models, the sub-500 price gets 'em in the door. Otherwise a Kindle Fire might start looking like a better opttion to many. That said, I think the expectation is that Apple would keep a low-end iPad 2 available even after the iPad three is released.

I'm also intested in what they do storage-wise. The $100 increase between models is a bit much, especially the jump from 16 to 32 GB. All the high-resolution graphics for the Retina Display optimzed applications is going to start eating up storage space!
post #100 of 192
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Originally Posted by JimDreamworx View Post

I've always been of the mindset that early adopters should pay more,

Many of them do. They buy from scalpers.
post #101 of 192
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This forum would be better without the stupid f'in animated smileys.



Seriously.
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Increased labour costs?

Are you referring to Tim Cook's $378,000,000/year compensation package?

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post #103 of 192
Resolution is a linear measurement.
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Will you guys EVER learn math?
A retina display that has double the dpi has FOUR TIMES THE RESOLUTION, not double the resolution, because resolution goes by the square. e.g. You have a 1 by 1 square pixel and now that will become a 2 by 2 square if you double the dpi; but a 2 by 2 contains 4 pixels while a 1 by 1 contains 1 pixel; as you see the resolution, i.e. pixel count is quadrupled not doubled.
As you can see, this can be solved without the use of advanced math; yet AI gets this CONSISTENTLY WRONG. Would the editors please take note?
post #104 of 192
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Originally Posted by nonimus View Post

I'd be more surprised if they didn't have a price hike.

I wonder if they'll have the HD iPad models with an A6 and the regular model with the A5X, but at this price point it's unlikely. Just wonder which processor they'll use for the basic iPad 3, if they differentiate a basic model or just keep the iPad 2 at a discount.

I'd be socked if they release two models simultaneously. Their model has pretty much always been to keep the last gen model around for a discount and introduce the new model at the last gen model's price.
post #105 of 192
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Originally Posted by Hudson1 View Post

It might sell like hot cakes. It also might dissuade quite a few buyers. BTW, my brother has both a iPad 2 and a Kindle and says the Kindle does quite a lot of what his iPad 2 does.

That's silly.

Let's say that the sell 60 M next near at $580 and 59,900,000 at $500. Which do you think is a better deal for Apple?

The people who have the data are the ones in Cupertino. Please stop trying to convince everyone that your uneducated, fact-free opinion has any value.

And it's particularly funny coming from someone who thinks that Kindle is competition for the iPad. While they do some similar things, they are no more competitive than a Kia and a Ferrari. The number of people who chose a Fire instead of an iPad is tiny.
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post #106 of 192
I bought the first iPod in November 2001 for $399 which is almost $500 in 2012 dollars. $579 doesn't sound like very much for the capabilities of an iPad.
post #107 of 192
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Originally Posted by wizard69 View Post

Either way it should be fairly easy to get 2X performance out of a A5X chip.

That comes with a cost that I don't think Apple is willing to pay.


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Originally Posted by Wiggin View Post

I wonder if a Retina Display iPad will have the same impact as the RD iPhone. Yes, it will be beautiful. But part of the appeal for that pixel density on the iPhone is the smaller screen meant smaller UI elements which could be hard to read. The higher resolution added a needed increase in readability of those small screen elements. A similar incease in resolution on the iPad would be cool, but I'm not sure it will have the same impact because you had more space to work with from the start.

Maybe not the same impact but reading on a 265 PPI display over a 132 PPI display should be night and day.

I think it will be stunning and will be heavily marketed on the 7th in order to make sure we, the consumer, know what a technological feat it is to get that resolution and pixel density in a device at that price.

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I would agree that if the cheapest iPad was over $500 it would be a psychological barrier. Even if many of the sales end up being of the more expensive models, the sub-500 price gets 'em in the door. Otherwise a Kindle Fire might start looking like a better opttion to many. That said, I think the expectation is that Apple would keep a low-end iPad 2 available even after the iPad three is released.

I think the bigger psychology is the rise in price, not the starting point of the price. We've seen Apple raise prices in the past when the change in technology called for it. Of all their past attempts to corner a market by introducing a bleeding-edge tech I think a HiDPI display will be the most obvious and clear to customers. Most realize that if you want something much improved you often have to pay for it.

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I'm also intested in what they do storage-wise. The $100 increase between models is a bit much, especially the jump from 16 to 32 GB. All the high-resolution graphics for the Retina Display optimzed applications is going to start eating up storage space!

The size difference between the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 for the iO 5.1 betas isn't that much.

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post #108 of 192
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A document that has surfaced out of the Far East claims that Apple's third-generation iPad will cost $80 more, starting at $579 instead of $499.

To paraphrase Mike Markkula to Steve Jobs "at the beginning": Don't build a company to get rich, do it to make great products. (I'm listening to the audiobook of the Steve Jobs biography.)

Couple that with $100 Billion in the bank says to me that Apple should keep the WiFi versions of iPad3 as they are. Even if they need to take a bit of a hit of the components. If Apple feels it Must - raise the price of the +cell versions... so be it.

A higher price is one of those things that SHOULD NOT be mentioned in the stories when iPad3 comes out. If they raise it $80 this will be mentioned in nearly ALL news stories. Not necessary.

I'm also concerned that this is the first big Non-Steve-Jobs decision that smacks of a "business" decision. Read the part of the SJ bio about pricing the original Mac. The concept behind the original pricing was lost in final pricing because it became a business decision... albeit Apple was Much smaller then and it may have been the appropriate move -- THEN... not now.

Now that I think about it - I have been buying towers since 1998 (SE, LC and Centris before that). Well, when Apple decided to bump tower prices up by (some amount? $400? 500?) my analysis was that I would get the souped-up iMac i7 instead of a tower. So, as of last year, I'm a 27" iMac user. At least for now, I don't need extra slots. So for the sake of a few hundred, they may not get me back as a tower customer (which they may be killing anyway).

ps. It would feed the perception that Apple's are "more expensive"... which, believe it or not, is still out there.
post #109 of 192
Apple might very well simply not offer a WiFi only model of the iPad 3 leaving that market to an enhanced lower cost iPad2S or whatever they call it. While it might look like a price hike for the base model you would be getting the 4G capability, the retina display and likely more RAM and flash for a cheaper price than you did for iPad 2. The difference is you forfeit the WiFi only version.

This is actually a wise move on Apples part as it will allow them to cover the incremental increase in the cost of a few parts but actually sell more features cheaper. People have to remember that if all the rumors prove true (or even part of them) iPad 3 will be skuffed with a number of more expensive parts. Everyone has focused on the screen which is an issue but let's not forget the other rumors like a vastly improved camera, 4G, more RAM and other goodies. Of those offered only RAM would be cheaper today and that only if Apple can use the same number of dies.

So while we need to wait and see, I'm not convinced that feature parity wise iPad 3 will be more expensive. We might actually be getting more.
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I love the few overlapping smilies in the middle. Nice.
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iPad-2 $399
iPad-2S with Siri $499
iPad-3HD $579
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Originally Posted by LunarMoon View Post

Apple leaked the initial $1000 as a price for iPad 1 and launched it at half of it, creating a tsunami and competition colliding with each other sinking catastrophically to the bottom of the ocean... I will buy my giant popcorn bucket and watch the carnage...

Ah, I like the way you're thinking. I rather relish the idea of the competition "sinking catastrophically to the bottom of the ocean." Funny.
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Apple might very well simply not offer a WiFi only model of the iPad 3 leaving that market to an enhanced lower cost iPad2S or whatever they call it. While it might look like a price hike for the base model you would be getting the 4G capability, the retina display and likely more RAM and flash for a cheaper price than you did for iPad 2. The difference is you forfeit the WiFi only version.

This is actually a wise move on Apples part as it will allow them to cover the incremental increase in the cost of a few parts but actually sell more features cheaper. People have to remember that if all the rumors prove true (or even part of them) iPad 3 will be skuffed with a number of more expensive parts. Everyone has focused on the screen which is an issue but let's not forget the other rumors like a vastly improved camera, 4G, more RAM and other goodies. Of those offered only RAM would be cheaper today and that only if Apple can use the same number of dies.

So while we need to wait and see, I'm not convinced that feature parity wise iPad 3 will be more expensive. We might actually be getting more.

I don't think that all models being '3G' makes sense. For starters, most won't want to pay for HW they will pay the service to use. And it's pricey. It's not "20¢ of silicon" as oft gets touted around here. There are licensing costs alone that will be a percentage of every unit that includes the cellualr tech.

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post #114 of 192
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That comes with a cost that I don't think Apple is willing to pay.

The cores in the current A5 run relatively slow compared to what is possible in sub 32nm processes. Given the right process Apple could easily double the clock rates in the A5 chip while maintaining the power profile and lowering chip costs. Foundries have been reporting 2+ GHZ Cortex A9 cores for over a year now running on the smaller processes. More importantly Intel is now shipping Atoms with very fast Imagination GPU cores. Fast in the sense of a considerable clock rate increase.

So the evidence is there that Apple could get very good results from an A5 respin at a smaller process geometry. If they do little to the chip, it will effectively be much smaller and thus cheaper.
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Maybe not the same impact but reading on a 265 PPI display over a 132 PPI display should be night and day.

I suspect the publics reaction to the screen will be very positive.
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I think it will be stunning and will be heavily marketed on the 7th in order to make sure we, the consumer, know what a technological feat it is to get that resolution and pixel density in a device at that price.


I think the bigger psychology is the rise in price, not the starting point of the price. We've seen Apple raise prices in the past when the change in technology called for it. Of all their past attempts to corner a market by introducing a bleeding-edge tech I think a HiDPI display will be the most obvious and clear to customers. Most realize that if you want something much improved you often have to pay for it.

Well we will have to wait and see on pricing. I really think Apple will try to roll in more features at the slightly higher price to absorb a number of price deltas. The new screen isn't the only component to get a price bump.
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The size difference between the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 for the iO 5.1 betas isn't that much.
post #115 of 192
Apple does not like fragmentación or strange prices. It Willi be 1 versión of izad 3 either A5 or A6 and the prive Willi be the same $499 $599 $699
post #116 of 192
I have to see the new iPad 3 before I decide. I love my 1st Gen, didnt need the second. If this is anything what is rumored, I will easily make up the $80 when I sell my iPad 1 on Ebay.
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Originally Posted by rtm135 View Post

wow. SO many apple apologists...

Apple already makes a hefty margin on these. Considering the Android onslaught, they should accept a reduced profit in exchange for getting more of their product out there.

Why do I always hear this kind of comment from people who don't like the price. Apple products are a premium luxury product. You don't see Louis Vuitton reducing it's price to compete with other designer brands or chinese mass-produced plastic stuff they sell at Walmart. This is the same with Apple. People want Apple because it's the Apple product, not the cheap knockoff.

You're not entitled to a 200$ iPad. If you want a 200$ piece of trash, buy an Android tablet and then don't whine when all the content you want to consume is only available from Apple.

The only Android device that is an alternative is the Fire, and only because Amazon supplies the content. What do the other Android tablets offer? Android Market has barely anything.

If you want a 200$ iPad wait for all the iPad2's people want to get rid of are put on craigslist and eBay. Apple has not made any mistakes and can continue to do what they are doing until either the market is saturated with iOS devices, or someone invents something better and more popular.

Once you discount the price of something, consumers will not tolerate a price increase, that's why you see shrinking packages, thinner thread counts, cheaper ingredients, and "New bigger larger" marketing with higher prices. So an iPad3 with a higher resolution screen justifies a price increase.
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Originally Posted by H2P View Post

To paraphrase Mike Markkula to Steve Jobs "at the beginning": Don't build a company to get rich, do it to make great products. (I'm listening to the audiobook of the Steve Jobs biography.)

Sometimes great products just cost more.
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Couple that with $100 Billion in the bank says to me that Apple should keep the WiFi versions of iPad3 as they are. Even if they need to take a bit of a hit of the components. If Apple feels it Must - raise the price of the +cell versions... so be it.

By making all iPad3s cell capable but at a lower effective price they allow for an effective price cut while absorbing the cost of the retina screen. If any of this is true it is probably evidence that the new screen is significantly more expensive. So you cover the cost of the new screen and throw in a few nore features to make it look like the overall deal is better.
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A higher price is one of those things that SHOULD NOT be mentioned in the stories when iPad3 comes out. If they raise it $80 this will be mentioned in nearly ALL news stories. Not necessary.

That is really the whole point of throughing in the cell capability as it will actually be a price cut for an iPad with that capability. The spin will be that iPad gets a price cut.
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I'm also concerned that this is the first big Non-Steve-Jobs decision that smacks of a "business" decision. Read the part of the SJ bio about pricing the original Mac. The concept behind the original pricing was lost in final pricing because it became a business decision... albeit Apple was Much smaller then and it may have been the appropriate move -- THEN... not now.

This could be a problem. The mentality of selling grossly over priced Macs nearly destroyed the company. I was actually surprised to find out that Jobs had a massive run in with the rest of Apple management and actually lost out on reasonable pricing for the first Mac. So yeah it is a real concern but frankly I don't think Apple suffers from that sort of management stupidity anymore. After all the justification back then was the need for marketing to grow the company.

However the problem with a retina type screen is the cost and supply issues of a ramp up. If iPad 2 is kept around in any form it is likely evidence that Apple is trying to cover its a$$ here.
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Now that I think about it - I have been buying towers since 1998 (SE, LC and Centris before that). Well, when Apple decided to bump tower prices up by (some amount? $400? 500?) my analysis was that I would get the souped-up iMac i7 instead of a tower. So, as of last year, I'm a 27" iMac user. At least for now, I don't need extra slots. So for the sake of a few hundred, they may not get me back as a tower customer (which they may be killing anyway).

ps. It would feed the perception that Apple's are "more expensive"... which, believe it or not, is still out there.

Your first mistake is looking at the Pro as a tower computer. It isn't, it is a workstation machine running server grade hardware. Apples big mistake is never filling the need for a properly priced expandable Mac. It is something I will never understand myself.
post #119 of 192
Just my two cents.
  1. Nominal price increase for base model would not be surprising.
  2. iPad 2 will have to drop in price. They're currently being sold at a reduction at big box retailers so $499 is too high. Also, deeper discounts for education to push iBooks.
  3. Memory offerings of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB based on the screen resolution. Double resolution means double the image size for textures in apps.

I just want to have "multi-user" even if it's limited to two or one and a guest. I'm sure it would be a complete overhaul of iOS though and I have a hard time believing that will happen until they get some real competition.
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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post

'Can' does not equal 'should'. This isn't about what is best for us it's about what is best for Apple. I have to assume that Apple wouldn't raise the price without running the numbers and calculating the possible scenarios.

Why should Apple take a lower margin if they will lose money from the deal? What if they determined that even at a price increase they will still sell all they can produce? What if the cost of the new HW is equal to or more than $80 thus making this a drop in profit margin despite the increased cost?

Exactly. And even if one of the scenarios is that the new display costs far less than $80, if Apple suspects there is going to be a supply contraint on the new screen then one way to redirect demand to the iPad 2 is to increase the price of the iPad 3. They'll still sell every iPad 3 than can make while at the same time sell more iPad 2's than they might if a lot of people were to decide to wait to get their hands on a "regularly priced" iPad 3. More units sold, some at a higher price. Apple and the iOS ecosystem wins.

Or a scenario could be that Apple doesn't want to cut the price of the iPad 2 by too much. If the component prices haven't dropped, then they may not have the room to lower the retail price by a lot without sacrificing their near-legendary margins. But they need to keep some sort of price differential between the models. So perhaps they drop the 2 by $20 and increase the 3 by $80 to achieve a $100 differential.
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