2012 iPad 3 base model for $399?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by PracticalMac, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX
    2012 looks like Apple will have a lot of competition, namely in the from of cheaper 7.x" tables, since the 10" Android ones are not even scratching the iPad world.

    Consider the volume sales of Kindle Fire ($200) and new quad core Asus Memo 370T that packs a lot of power for a 7" tablet for $250. That and a lot of other tablets.

    Android is improving still, smartening up from 2011's failures.

    I am sure the future iPad 3 will start at $499 with iPad 2 still in production for $399, but the price pressure is building against iPad, a surprise is in store for 2012.
  2. iTiki macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2007
    Maui, Hawaii
  3. Arnezie macrumors 65816


    Oct 10, 2011
  4. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    The Kindle Fire is sold at a loss on each device. Apple can charge what they want and we'll all buy it anyway.
  5. porcupine8 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2011
    I think people have gotten too used to the price drops on the subsidized iPhones. Who knows how much of those price cuts hit apple and how much hit the carrier. Instead you should be looking at apple's laptops and iPods - there, price drops are smaller and fewer, and reflect actual drops in Apple's costs rather than market pressure.
  6. NameUndecided macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2011
    People keep mentioning that the iPad 2 might stick around with a lower price point. With current stories of iPad 3 production going into full-on mode ahead of its anticipated release, one would hope there might be mention (either presently or in the near future) of whether or not iPad 2 production is being slowed down.
  7. Peterson8765 macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2010
  8. cbrad82 macrumors newbie


    Jan 16, 2012
    In my opinion, I just can't see them manufacturing the same amount of Ipad2's as ipad3's.
  9. filmbuff macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011

    I don't see the price coming down. When is the last time Apple lowered the price on one of its new products? Besides, the iPad doesn't compete with other tablets in price, it competes by being better.
  10. PracticalMac thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX
    And you think the competition will sit and not do anything?
  11. Abazigal macrumors 603


    Jul 18, 2011
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    I think apple's best move is not to be suckered into a price war. If you want a cheaper tablet then buy another brand. There are still plenty of people willing to pay top dollar for a premium product. :)
  12. jmpnop macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2010
    Apple is continuing to sell iPhone 4 and 3GS alongside flagship iPhone 4S. I don't see why they can't do the same for iPad..
  13. NameUndecided macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2011
    I'm not meaning to say that it sounds likely or unlikely. I just wish that reports on [rumored] current production rates would also give some indication on whether iPad 2 production is slowing or not. If they do stop making iPad 2s, I wonder how rapidly and how soon before the new model is announced iPad 2 production might start dwindling down.
  14. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    Those who think the iPad 3 will be cheaper . . . well you are just hoping!:p

    The new iPad will have plenty of new features and the demand will be through the roof!

    Why would they discount them! That would be stupid!
  15. ChristianJapan macrumors 68040


    May 10, 2010
    Maybe iPad 2 even more down in price ($299 or $349) just to blow the rest of the crowed out of water And attract new customer. A quad-core retina iPad 3 for $499;might be $549.
  16. nfl46 macrumors 603

    Oct 5, 2008
    Let's hope it's cheaper, you never know...it could be.
  17. Deeps macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2011
    Nottingham, UK
    Wasn't the ipad 2 at the same price as the ipad 1 in relative terms??

    I doubt the ipad 3 would drop in price.
  18. Scarpad macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    I could see them doing like what they do with the Iphone 3g and sell the Ipad 2 for less money as an entry level Ipad, there's precedent for that and that could happen.
  19. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    They have been saying the same thing about the iPhone. I don't see the prices coming down: heck, in almost every country except for the United States prices have gone up for the iPhone.
  20. poloponies macrumors 68030

    May 3, 2010
    You can't see the difference between a phone that has a $300+ carrier subsidy and a device that's unsubsidized? Really?
  21. applephanatic macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2011
    Everywhere you aren't
    I don't think that Apple will be lowering the price. I firmly believe that the only reason the iPod Touch was sold at a reduced price was because it was old technology (in the terms of dual core and now quad core) and selling the iPod at a base price of $229 would of been besides possibly bad for business, sort of a scummy thing to do (mainly do to the fact that people would still pay the prices)

    The iPad 3 will be $499. But if you look what you "MIGHT" be getting I would say $499 would be a pretty decent price. Besides having iOS which for me is a HUGE selling feature. You will be gaining most likely a faster dual core processor or even a quad core processor! Possibly a Retina display and more ram (HOPEFULLY!) Eventually my hope is to see Apple completely get rid of the 16GB model and introduce a 128GB model. The 16GB model is sort of useless IMO. This is do to the fact that many iPad apps are HUGE!!!

    I do believe however that the iPad 2 will be kept and sold along side the iPad 3 and YES if this happend, you will see the iPad 2 being sold for $450 or maybe even $399.

    Hope this helped

  22. jekyl macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2011
    I can see them dropping the price on the iPad2 slightly and pricing the iPad3 higher than the current iPad2 points. It sounds like a premium device and lowering the iPad2 pricing a bit will be enough to keep Apple competitive.
  23. jmpnop macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2010
    Apple will have recovered R&D, marketing and other costs, so they can still make a good profit by selling it for $100 less. The main reason would be to compete with cheaper Android alternatives like Asus Trasformer(especially Kindle Fire).
  24. BioOrganism macrumors newbie


    Jan 17, 2012
    Oh god. I'm currently saving up for the iPad 2 and I won't reach the right amount before March (the month where the iPad is said to release). But if the iPad 3 will be more expensive....fuuuuuuuuffufuuuuu:eek:
  25. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    Do you really think that Apple is worried about competing with the likes of the Kindle Fire?:confused:

    Are YOU considering the Kindle Fire?:eek:

    I know it is not on my list:p

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