$900 CAD for new iPad Pro 9.7" too low?

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  1. Wreckus macrumors 6502a

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    Hi Guys,

    I'm planning to buy the new iPad pro when it is available after monday as I want to give my dad my old iPad Air 2.

    However, i'm budgeting that the 128GB model will be $900 Canadian. Is my guess too low or maybe too high?

    Curious what other Canadian apple users or other users think.
     
  2. Drecca macrumors regular

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    probably too low. I think Apple will price it $150 less than its equivalent bigger sibling. So ~$1100
     
  3. Wreckus thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Crap. 900 CAD is the max I'm willing to spend/budget for. Guess we'll see on Monday.
     
  4. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    Honestly, I think it's a problem when iPads are being priced comparably to ultrabooks.
     
  5. Wreckus thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. the 12inch I can understand the price. However, if a 9.7 inch 128gb iPad is over 1000 bucks canadian, I'll pass. Heck i'm borderline crazy budgeting 900 bucks for it, if it is that price announced on Monday.
     
  6. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    I'm never paying four figures for an iPad. Even the Canadian price of my 64GB Mini 4 was tough to justify when I factored in tax and AppleCare.
     
  7. Commy1 macrumors 6502a

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    If the 9to5Mac 'confirmation' is true then hopefully it will only be a $100 increase throughout, bringing the 128GB LTE option to $999. I'm in a similar boat, here's hoping any way...
     
  8. Rideherhard macrumors 6502

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    Ouch, if that's the price I'll pass, it's an iPad not a computer, I'd buy a MacBook 12" at those prices, I'll go with a mini 4 if apple wants a $1000, that's way higher than the current air 2, which has been out for a long time.
     
  9. aberrero macrumors 6502a

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    The big one has been selling for $650 US for the 32GB model this week. Apple can't get away with charging these high prices I think. I think they will try to price the new ipad aggressively.
     
  10. stevemiller macrumors 65816

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    yeah i was ready to spend ~$650 for the entry level one, but people are talking like its going to START at $799 canadian. for a 32gb casual computing device (pro name or not), when i already have a phone and laptop, they're getting close to pricing themselves right out of a market.
     
  11. macaximx macrumors 6502

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    But they continue to do so...
     
  12. stevemiller macrumors 65816

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    it sucks that the 12.9 pro gets discounts in the states to almost the rumoured cost of the 9.7 iPad, meanwhile i see very few significant iPad sales in canada, and now additionally they're supposedly raising the prices across the board in canada for the exchange rate. :(
     
  13. Rideherhard macrumors 6502

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    Apple already raised the prices in Canada for exchange rate reasons, you sure their doing it again? They'd be pricing themselves out.
     
  14. Wreckus thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No they won't be hiking the price due to the exchange rate. That ship has sailed a while ago. It's the rumour (or confirmed?) news that it will be more expensive than the iPad Air 2 and being a little brother to the current iPad pro.

    But after quickly doing some research, I think the 128gb version will be 850 or 875 CAD and the 32GB version 749 CAD.

    Which is good as the 850 or 875 CAD is closely inline what I was budgeting.
     
  15. stevemiller macrumors 65816

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    The base model for the air 2 is $549 CAD, so that means the new 9.7 model would have a starting price that's $200 more, or $100 more than an air 2 with twice the storage.

    Add in the fact that for me, the major appeal of the pro is an additional $130 pencil accessory, this no longer feels like a justifiable purchase. :(
     
  16. Wreckus thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The base model of the Air 2 is 16gb though. Since the IPad Pro 9.7 inch base will be 32gb, the price of the iPad Air 2 16gb is not a factor to the price bump of the 32gb IPad pro IMO.
     
  17. stevemiller macrumors 65816

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    Hence why I could stomach a price hike of $100 over the current model.

    Like I said, the 64gb air 2 will be cheaper, and in even the 128gb air 2 will basically match the starting price of the pro with 1/4 the storage. So using capacity to justify price increases doesn't really hold.

    Otherwise, every previous iPad has managed to offer upgraded features at a similar price point to the previous gen. The a9x isn't even a very substantial upgrade to the a8x, as the majority of the a9 advantage is lost because they reduced the core count.

    The only other real argument for the "pro" price hike is the new accessory options. Essentially asking a premium price for the privilege of being able to pay even more to take advantage of the features.

    Either way, it's definitely pushed me away from taking the plunge. Maybe the strategy will work for Apple, I dunno.

    But if iPad sales are slowing down already, I'm not sure an effective kick start will be "want our 1.5 year old tech? The price is the same. Want the latest? It now costs $200 more than all previous 6 generations, and many of the new features require additional purchases."
     
  18. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    Apple's strategy: "Price high, and people will pay because we're Apple!"

    It's gotten them this far.
     
  19. stevemiller macrumors 65816

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    oh i'm not doubting they'll do it.

    i'm just reflecting that as someone who's been through the apple pricing rodeo a good number of times, this is the first time that the price to value ratio has literally stopped me in my tracks from an intended purchase.

    its less the $499 to $599 jump than it is the combo of that with the canadian pricing differential; suggesting the $599 US 64gb air 2 will stay at $659 CAD, while the $599 US 9.7 iPad Pro will translate to somewhere between $750 and $800 CAD. That makes buying a 9.7 iPad Pro in a comparatively poor value compared to the air 2.
     
  20. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    What about when they released the Mini 3 at $100 more than the Mini 2 which had exactly the same specs and hardware except for touchID? Now THAT was a poor price to value ratio!
     
  21. oneshotpro Suspended

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    they probably will remove the air2 from the lineup and keep the air 1 as their lower budget ipad.
     
  22. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    I doubt that. I think the iPads with only 1GB of RAM (Air 1 and Mini 2) will be discontinued.
     
  23. macaximx macrumors 6502

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    Don't forget a keyboard or cover and case. $$$ the smart connector means you need to buy a case and a cover for full protection unlike the Air 2.

    I still feel they will correct the price of the iPad as they did the iPhone last year and iTunes purchases recently. We will know in a few hours.
     
  24. stevemiller macrumors 65816

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    if i was going to attach a keyboard to an iPad and type on it like a laptop, i would just move to my laptop which i much prefer for anything like that. :p for me this iPad would be a digital sketchbook and casual consumption device. which is why if i get any protection for it, it'll be an inexpensive sleeve!

    we'll see what happens with pricing tomorrow, but i'm pretty much resigned that if it starts at anything over $699 CAD then i'm out.
     
  25. Wreckus thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    With Adobe Flash still dominate, i started to use my iPad air & keyboard more and actually prefer it. I am so sick of Adobe flash and how much of a battery drain it is on my MBP.
     

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