Originally Posted by Andysol
They obviously didn't move the iPad 3 down to $399 because that wouldve consumed a lot of iPad 4 sales. Who in their right mind will buy an iPad 2 now? lol
the new product line looks to be in 12(6?) months:
Entry: $199/229/249: 'original' iPad Mini (A5X)
Mini: $299/329: iPad Mini RD (and aligned with iPad4 performance) (A6X)
'Econ' Level: $399: iPad 4 (A6X)
Flagship: $499 New Improved (A7) iPad.
This will make sense as a migration strategy
Last year's iPad will be have it's innards be ported down to the 'new' Mini, for a slightly lower price
Last year's Mini will become the the 4 price as the 'econ' level. a 2 year old chipset.
Finally, it lets Apple decide 'how low is low' on the Mini this year. If they need to drop it 10% ($299), they can, and still have the room to drop the pricing umbrella even lower as they evolve to a 4 tier product line.