Price reductions for the Mini coming soon? :)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by generik, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    Apparently Intel is slated to slash prices on the Core Duo chips sometime in May.

    That's the good thing about going with the manufacturer of processors with the superior architecture, with IBM and Freescale they can keep flogging Apple for millions of dollars selling poor Steve and friends obsolete junk for top dollar!

    But with Intel such price cuts come not only regularly, but are common knowledge to all too :D

    Hopefully there will be a speed bump during then!
  2. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    According to that chart, the chips in Mini are not being reduced in price (at least the 1.6Ghz Core Duo isn't, the Core Solo isn't on that list). So I guess no price reduction, but a cheaper upgrade path for those willing to pull apart their Minis to replace the CPU.
  3. MRU macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    Apple price cut :D LOL! You know were 4 days into april now right? ;) Nah Apple will just make more profit, unless mini sales are very poor we wont see any price reductions soon....
  4. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    I'm not so sure about that. Now that they are using the same chips as the competition, they may be more responsive to market forces. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
  5. Max on Macs macrumors 6502

    Max on Macs

    Feb 25, 2006
    Milton Keynes, UK
    I don't think they will leave the 1.6GHz at the current price. It's the same price as the May '06 1.83GHz will be. That means they're either going to discontinue it (meaning faster machines) or drop the price (either meaning cheaper machines or more money for Apple).
  6. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    Given what Apple have done in the past, I imagine we will see a processor bump rather than a price cut. I don't think we'll see a cheaper Mini until Intel release Core based Celerons.
  7. FF_productions macrumors 68030


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    When was the last time apple had price cuts? (Don't say the iMac G5)
  8. miloblithe macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Some revisions are just price cuts or minor lineup shuffles (processor remains the same), like the eMac revision in late 2003.

    But I agree, Apple hasn't cut prices in general. I imagine more likely they'd keep the price the same but offer some other incentive, like more RAM (unlikely), a free printer (very likely), or something. On the other hand, the mini does seem to have exceeded its original price target in the Intel transition, so Apple may want to get it back down to $500-700 for marketing reasons.

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