Apple rumored to counter Amazon Kindle Fire with 'iPad mini' in 2012

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  • Reply 41 of 133
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Blastdoor View Post


    Some of you guys might want to read the whole story. It explicitly says that "mini" doesn't necessarily mean smaller, just cheaper.



    All you have to do is look at the iPhone lineup to see how they could arrive at cheaper -- keep the iPad 2 around after the iPad3 comes out, but at a lower price and only an 8 or 16 GB version.



    Something else to keep in mind -- Apple has an obvious way to subsidize hardware if they want to go that route -- they can require a two-year iCloud "contract".



    Bottom line is that there are a lot of ways for Apple to offer a cheaper iPad while preserving margins and without selling a 7" device.



    You're right. I'd say priced at $299, no 3G, which will include a hefty profit margin. (The iPod Touch will have moved to a new, perhaps closer to 4", form factor by then, so it'll address a different segment).
  • Reply 42 of 133
    Tiny iPad









    Cheap iPad

  • Reply 43 of 133
    I like the idea of a less expensive iPad but it's likely more then a year away before we will see apple move down to a lower price point, just after all their competition realizes that they can't compete with them upstairs, but have to head for the basement just like kindle line up dose, "lead follow or get out of the way" right? Amazon did what any good follower has to do, and because of that they will have success.





  • Reply 44 of 133
    so now there saying apple will bring out a ipad S and a Ipad 3, just like they where saying a iphone 4s and a iphone 5
  • Reply 45 of 133
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mshidden View Post


    "lead follow or get out of the way"



    Thats a good quote, I may have to put it on a shirt.
  • Reply 46 of 133
    bongobongo Posts: 158member
    Do these Apple analysts ever stop and actually do some analysis?



    There would be no point in releasing a new tablet just to hit a lower price point. It would have the same size as the regular ipad so how would you differentiate it from the regular ipad? Apple would have another ipad product to spend resources to design, build, test, and support. I think it is stupid to fracture the ipad line this way.



    As others have stated, it makes more sense to continue manufacturing the ipad 2 and to sell it at a reduced price.



    Steve jobs would never ever make an inferior product to respond to a competitor's cheaper product.



    Remeber WWSJD = What Would Steve Jobs Do
  • Reply 47 of 133
    Stop wasting your bytes! Visited this topic many time over. First, Amazon Fire is not competing with iPad! Neither Amazon nor Apple is interested! Blogs like this create false expectation! Have we already forgotten iPhone 5?
  • Reply 48 of 133
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Sector7G View Post


    ?ipad S and a iPad 3?



    iPad S. S for "small".
  • Reply 49 of 133
    Stop dreaming.
  • Reply 50 of 133
    ruel24ruel24 Posts: 432member
    Nope. It's so un-Apple to compete like this. Apple always takes the high ground.
  • Reply 51 of 133
    I need a job as an analyst. Seriously. Why the hell do I work all day when I could get paid to make shit up?
  • Reply 52 of 133
    cajuncajun Posts: 95member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RIGO View Post


    iPhone mini ?



    Actually, you gave me an idea there... Put Siri on an iPod Nano, add cellphone network support, and you have the perfect iPhone Mini.
  • Reply 53 of 133
    idaveidave Posts: 1,283member
    It'll be interesting to see what happens in the post-Jobs era, i.e., a smaller iPad, an xMac, elimination of glossy displays, etc.
  • Reply 54 of 133
    hankx32hankx32 Posts: 121member
    This "analyst" should be fired.
  • Reply 55 of 133
    cajuncajun Posts: 95member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Blastdoor View Post


    Some of you guys might want to read the whole story. It explicitly says that "mini" doesn't necessarily mean smaller, just cheaper.



    All you have to do is look at the iPhone lineup to see how they could arrive at cheaper -- keep the iPad 2 around after the iPad3 comes out, but at a lower price and only an 8 or 16 GB version.



    Something else to keep in mind -- Apple has an obvious way to subsidize hardware if they want to go that route -- they can require a two-year iCloud "contract".



    Bottom line is that there are a lot of ways for Apple to offer a cheaper iPad while preserving margins and without selling a 7" device.



    Good points.



    Tim Cook has proven that he can compete on price, and we know that the iPad has a generous enough profit margin that Apple could drop the price if they wanted to and still make money.



    I don't think that it's a question of "IF" Apple will drop the prices on the iPads to compete with Android and Win 8 tablets, but a question of "HOW SOON"?
  • Reply 56 of 133
    Look ....



    When the #[email protected]% are people gonna realize that these so-called "pundits" KNOW NOTHING!!!

    Literally nothing ....

    In fact, it's gotten so desperate now, they are "predicting": APPLE TO RELEASE iPAD 3 SOMETIME IN 2012,

    just so they can have something Apple-centric to write.



    I can "predict" a eagle's gonna fly outta my kiester -- doesn't mean it's gonna happen, FFS ....



    There absolutely will NOT be a 7" "iPad mini".

    Especially after the harrangue Steve went on about 'em during the 4Q10 conference call.



    This "News Item" is a non-entity.
  • Reply 57 of 133
    aaarrrggghaaarrrgggh Posts: 1,608member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by irnchriz View Post


    iPad mini = iPod Touch.



    Not really. They could go with a 5" Touch with an edge to edge screen and just dump the retina display though. 5" is still pocketable with a edge to edge screen.



    They could also do a biodegradeable plastic case... j/k
  • Reply 58 of 133
    blastdoorblastdoor Posts: 2,700member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Crowley View Post


    No way will this ever happen.



    Never say never.



    Popular misconception to the contrary, Apple is a very pragmatic company, and Steve Jobs was a very pragmatic leader (god how that past tense pains me... so unfair). The mistake people have made is to confuse focus/clarity/decisiveness with idealism.



    Look at what happened with the iPhone. Apple started selling it unsubsidized for a high upfront price. That plan did not work. Apple changed tactics and succumbed to the subsidy model for the iPhone. Nobody ever talks about this, but it happened. Apple's history -- and Jobs' history -- is full of examples of pragmatic decisions like that.



    While I'm skeptical that the Amazon Fire will do very well, some very smart people disagree (Gruber, for example). If Amazon shows that a subsidized hardware model works well in the tablet market, then Apple will adopt that model, and using iCloud is the most obvious way to do it.
  • Reply 59 of 133
    ronboronbo Posts: 669member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by herbapou View Post


    indeed, if you want to tag the tough as an ipad mini it needs a bigger screen...



    The term wasn't being used by Apple marketing, though. It was used by anonymous drones overheard by someone visiting component suppliers in China. There's no reason one of them couldn't get it into his head to call an iPod Touch (or something of that size) an "iPad mini". People make up things like that all the time, thinking they're being clever.
  • Reply 60 of 133
    Looks like the analysts found another hare up their ass
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