Apple discontinues (Product)Red iPhone 7, ups iPad Pro pricing

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in iPhone edited September 2017
Not announced during Tuesday's packed keynote was Apple's apparent discontinuation of the (Product)Red iPhone 7, as well as a price increase for high-capacity iPad Pro models.




The change in availability can be seen on Apple's digital storefront, which no longer lists the (Product)Red iPhone 7 as a finish option for purchase. Instead, users are limited to Jet Black, black, silver, gold and rose gold.

Introduced in March in partnership with (Red), sales of the (Product)Red iPhone 7 series helped support HIV/AIDS programs that provide counseling, testing, and medicine that prevent the transmission of HIV from a mother to her unborn child.

Marketed as a special edition, the phone itself was offered with 128 and 256 gigabytes of storage and started at $749 for the 4.7-inch iPhone 7. The larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus came in at $869. While the internal components were identical to other iPhone 7 series devices, the (Red) unit featured a red anodized aluminum chassises with a silver Apple logo.




As for iPad Pro, Apple quietly upped the price of all 256GB and 512GB models by $50. The company did not provide an explanation, but rising memory costs are likely to blame for the price hike.

Prior to today, the 10.5-inch iPad with Wi-Fi and 256GB of storage ran $749, while the 512GB version came in at $949. Those models now sell for $799 and $999 on Apple's website. Similarly, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Wi-Fi, which previously carried pricing of $899 and $1,099 for 256GB and 512GB of storage, respectively, are now at $949 and $1,149.

Both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Pro models are affected by the price increase. However, according to the AppleInsider Price Guide, select Apple authorized resellers have not yet raised prices on the 256GB and 512GB iPad Pros. Adorama, Abt Electronics and MacMall, for instance, are offering instant discounts with prices starting at $699 with free shipping. Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, while Abt collects sales tax in IL, IN, WI and MI. MacMall collects sales tax in all applicable states. Top picks can be found below, while a full list of deals can be found in the iPad Pro Price Guide.

iPad Pros
256GB 10.5" in Silver (Wi-Fi Only) for $699.00 @MacMall ($100 off)
256GB 10.5" in Space Gray (Wi-Fi Only) for $739.00 @Adorama * ($60 off + no tax outside NY & NJ)
256GB 10.5" in Gold (Wi-Fi + Cellular) for $799.00 @MacMall ($80 off )
512GB 10.5" in Rose Gold (Wi-Fi Only) for $949.00 @Adorama * ($50 off + no tax outside NY & NJ)
256GB 12.9" in Silver (Wi-Fi Only) for $899.00 @Adorama * ($50 off + no tax outside NY & NJ)
256GB 12.9" in Silver (Wi-Fi + Cellular) for $999.00 @Abt ($80 off + no tax outside IL, IN, MI and WI)
* Adorama will not collect sales tax outside NY & NJ.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 15
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 12,423member
    You can be pretty sure the memory itself didn't go up by $50.
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  • Reply 2 of 15
    I can’t recall the last time that Apple actually RAISED prices, mid-cycle. That just seems rather odd for Apple. 
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  • Reply 3 of 15
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    Product(RED) iPhone X! Imagine?
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  • Reply 4 of 15
    I like my red phone a lot. I'm going slow on replacing it. 
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  • Reply 5 of 15
    mazda 3s said:
    I can’t recall the last time that Apple actually RAISED prices, mid-cycle. That just seems rather odd for Apple. 
    I can recall... they raised the RAM prices on the Mac ll and Mac llx prices mid cycle. To avoid the increase I bought 16k of RAM for $899... wooee, what a steal!
    edited September 2017 tallest skilrepressthiswatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 15
    cali said:
    Product(RED) iPhone X! Imagine?
    This. This is what I would buy in a heartbeat 
    repressthis
  • Reply 7 of 15
    ksecksec Posts: 1,485member
    mazda 3s said:
    I can’t recall the last time that Apple actually RAISED prices, mid-cycle. That just seems rather odd for Apple. 
    It is odd, because Apple no longer buys NAND and RAM in spot prices any more. And it is hard to imagine the contract prices expires just in a few months.

    I think Apple dont foresee any drop in NAND and RAM prices, so rather then wait they hike the price now. And honestly I thought the prices for iPad Pro were priced quite low, similar to Apple Watch S3 LTE. Sometimes i dont get Apple pricing.
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  • Reply 8 of 15
    19831983 Posts: 1,029member
    I find it a little sneaky on Apple's part that they always remain shtum on the not so great changes that they make. Like I only found out by going through the specs of the new iPhones on Apple's website that with iOS 11 they've dropped support for WAV and AIFF audio files on the iPhone 7, 8 and X. Most of my music library on iTunes is encoded in WAV ripped from my CD collection...I won't now be able to play most of my music on one of the newer iPhones. I just hope Apple doesn't pull support for those formats in iTunes on the Mac, if they do I'm screwed! I'll have to re-rip hundreds of CDs again, and I'm not subscribing to compressed inferior audio on Music!
    edited September 2017 repressthisguyr
  • Reply 9 of 15
    Well that was sneaky!
  • Reply 10 of 15
    1983 said:
    I find it a little sneaky on Apple's part that they always remain shtum on the not so great changes that they make. Like I only found out by going through the specs of the new iPhones on Apple's website that with iOS 11 they've dropped support for WAV and AIFF audio files on the iPhone 7, 8 and X. Most of my music library on iTunes is encoded in WAV ripped from my CD collection...I won't now be able to play most of my music on one of the newer iPhones. I just hope Apple doesn't pull support for those formats in iTunes on the Mac, if they do I'm screwed! I'll have to re-rip hundreds of CDs again, and I'm not subscribing to compressed inferior audio on Music!
    You’re right that the tech specs omit AIFF and WAV. However, I have iOS 11 GM installed on my iPhone 7, and all of my AIFF files (even the hi-res ones) are playing just fine.

    Very confusing.
    repressthis
  • Reply 11 of 15
    The iPad pros been out like 2 months? Maybe they mispriced it originally, and just wanted to sneak it into the other product updates?
  • Reply 12 of 15
    Perhaps they're planning on upgrading the CPU in the iPad Pro to the A11 Bionic chip, and need the extra margin to cover the added expense of doing so.
    edited September 2017 repressthis
  • Reply 13 of 15
    1983 said:
    I find it a little sneaky on Apple's part that they always remain shtum on the not so great changes that they make. Like I only found out by going through the specs of the new iPhones on Apple's website that with iOS 11 they've dropped support for WAV and AIFF audio files on the iPhone 7, 8 and X. Most of my music library on iTunes is encoded in WAV ripped from my CD collection...I won't now be able to play most of my music on one of the newer iPhones. I just hope Apple doesn't pull support for those formats in iTunes on the Mac, if they do I'm screwed! I'll have to re-rip hundreds of CDs again, and I'm not subscribing to compressed inferior audio on Music!
    Since WAV and AIFF are lossless, uncompressed formats you can convert to any other format without degradation. Apple supports their own Apple Lossless and FLAC. Both will save a bit of space over what you are currently using.
  • Reply 14 of 15
    1983 said:
    I find it a little sneaky on Apple's part that they always remain shtum on the not so great changes that they make. Like I only found out by going through the specs of the new iPhones on Apple's website that with iOS 11 they've dropped support for WAV and AIFF audio files on the iPhone 7, 8 and X. Most of my music library on iTunes is encoded in WAV ripped from my CD collection...I won't now be able to play most of my music on one of the newer iPhones. I just hope Apple doesn't pull support for those formats in iTunes on the Mac, if they do I'm screwed! I'll have to re-rip hundreds of CDs again, and I'm not subscribing to compressed inferior audio on Music!
    You wouldn't need to re rip, you could purchase a product like dbpoweramp ( a great product btw ) and use the batch conversion, its fairly cheap and certainly would save you a ton of time. Personally I'm annoyed they have dropped the ringtones from the new iTunes. I had made 30 sec sound bytes from some of my songs, but now I won't be able to use them going forward, I'll have to buy the 'authorized' ring tones.
  • Reply 15 of 15
    I am excited that FLAC is finally being supported. I use that over WAV as it handles the ID3 tagging better. That said, I transcode it to WAV from the NAS when using Asset to play the tracks on my hifi system as it sounds better.
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