iPad mini $329 for a Mini? Are you kidding me!?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by johndallas999, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. johndallas999 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 9, 2008
    Ok, Apple is now officially acknowledging that it's a greedy money hungry company. I'm sorry but if you pay 329 for a 16GB mini you've either got more money than common sense or are a complete moron. That's friggin rediculous. WOW!:mad:
  2. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    And what would be a good price to you?
  3. Troneas macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2011
    At the alternatives section.
  4. Lynn Belvedere macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2012
    $299 would have made perfect sense.

    $299 mini
    $399 iPad 3
    $499 iPad 4
  5. LTMK macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2011
    NY, NY
    agree... but imagine if AAPL can sell 100million units (like ipad) in 2 years... that $30 difference means additional $3 billion net profit!!! then why not...
  6. Anonymouslives macrumors 6502


    Apr 26, 2008
    Actually, $249 would have been about right. Essentially, it's a smaller ipad 2. The competition has better products at $199, so....
  7. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    I don't see anything at $199 that's even close to iPad Mini. Did you not watch the event?
  8. kappaknight macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2009
    Maybe you're used to working at a job where people don't like your products... but when you have people lining up to buy your products and have it sell out in record time, you can afford to charge a premium for it.
  9. Jman13 macrumors 68000

    Aug 7, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    What's better about them?

    The iPad mini is faster than the Nexus 7 in every way, it's got MUCH better tablet apps, it's better built, thinner, lighter.

    The Nexus has higher resolution and....well, that's all.
  10. rdowty macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2008
    I agree. Apple should price their products like this:

    iMac 27" - $499
    iPad 4th Gen - $199
    iPad Mini - $99
    iPod Touch - $49
    iPhone 5 - $0 with no contract.
  11. Gatecrasher1875 macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2012
    a competitive one, the Nexus 7 blows it out the water and is much cheaper.
  12. MrXiro macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    april fools!


    Why not 229! :p
  13. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012

    And if u don't hurry to pre-order, u won't get one until January.
  14. Breaking Good macrumors 65816

    Sep 28, 2012
    Nexus has built in GPS. The WiFi version of the iPad does not.

    I don't see how Apple justifies the $130 premium over the Google Nexus 7. That premium jumps to $260 if you want/need GPS. It goes to $310 if you want 32GB and GPS.
  15. MrXiro macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Let me introduce you to a company called Apple (formerly Apple Computers)

    The have NEVER sold a device that was "competitively priced".

    There you have it.
  16. hamlin, Oct 23, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 23, 2012

    hamlin macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    They should charge $1000 for the tablet. That $700 x 100 million means 70 billion in profit!why not??!?!?
  17. Gatecrasher1875 macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2012
    But they usually sell a top quality product, this isn't, not even close.
  18. MrXiro macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    This is how they justify it:

    "Hey, we're Apple, you'll pay for it because that is how much we want to sell it for."
  19. barnetty macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2011
    while i agree $299 just looks better I think Apple is selling the reputation of the ipad as a feature.

    Why are many other 7" tablets so cheap? because they need to be in order to have some competitive advantage since their products don't carry anything to back them up. Their build is also comparable to their price range (plastic and they break easily).
  20. MrXiro, Oct 23, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2012

    MrXiro macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    How do you know it's not top quality? Has one fallen apart on you? If you mean they sell cutting edge technology; that isn't true either. They build and sell (since the very first Apple 1) products that are the best uses of current technology and sell it at maximum amount of profit. They always have.

    Yes there are some times where they innovate; introducing Thunderbolt (which they didn't create), Firewire (which essentially was a flop and has been nearly abandoned). What they do, do is have cutting edge design and I think the iPad Mini is well designed aesthetically.

    Here is why it's 329. If it's 299 they cannibalize their iPad 2 and iPad 3. Look at their history. They've always had an incremental price upgrade for the "next device up".

    "399 isn't that big a jump from 329... why don't I just get the iPad 2? Hmm... come to think of it for 100 bucks more I can get a retina display and better graphics and speed... I should just go with the NEW iPad!" - See how that works?
  21. Dlanod macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    I doubt it is faster. I have a Nexus 7 and it was a match for my iPad 3 never mind an iPad 2.
  22. rmhop81 macrumors 68020


    Apr 4, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    I don't understand how people still don't understand apple. Just bc another company creates a product and has to price it super low to compete with Apple...why should apple do the same? Apple pretty much competes with themselves. You're crying over $30 and you're sportin a 24inch iMac? I find that funny.
  23. Breaking Good macrumors 65816

    Sep 28, 2012
    Yeah. In the interest of full disclosure, I will probably buy an iPad mini. It fits what I'm looking for and I'm already invested in the iCosystem.

    But I won't bother considering it until after the Christmas season. I may even wait until they start showing up in the Refurb section.

    The price isn't the issue for me. I'm just underwelmed with the specs. I would have been fine if the WiFi has included GPS and it had an A6 processor instead of the A5.

    But as it stands Apple just isn't offering enough to justify the premium.

    I see the Google Nexus 7 as the brenchmark for seven in tablets. In my mind Apple missed the mark with the iPad Mini
  24. flyguy206 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2008
    Apple was never going to Release a 199 tablet
  25. Breaking Good macrumors 65816

    Sep 28, 2012
    Apple has very shrewdly avoided getting into a price war with its competition. But they have for the most part been able to differentiate their product enough to justify the price premium.

    With the iPad Mini, they are essentially playing catch-up to the seven inch tablet market. I just don't see how they justify the premium in this instance.


    They didn't need to. They just needed to be able to justify the premium.

    In my opinion, they fell short in this instance.

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