iPad Apple holding 32gb back and retina hd for iPad Air 3?


BMcCoy

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But yes, new screen and better camera (plus flash) coming next year.
 

puma1552

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So you are saying they will always keep 16gb? Really they dropped 8gb in favour of 16gb so change will come soon.
No, it won't. Maybe in 4-5 years. This is Apple, they make agonizingly slow changes, and when they do they stick with them for years at a time.

16/64/128 isn't going anywhere anytime soon. You know the iPod nano still maxes out at 16 gb, same as it has since freakin' 2008? Same idea.
 

terraphantm

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Probably won't change until 16GB becomes too small for iOS (though arguably we're already at that point for the iPads). Apple just stands to make too much money from that $100 upsell.

I do miss the days when Apple would increase storage pretty quickly. We went from 4GB base to 16GB base in two generations. Have been stuck at 16GB since.
 

Michael CM1

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I think the 16GB model will be around until you don't have lots of people buying an iPad who barely use any apps OR the OS gets too big.

One reason I'm betting Apple isn't upping the megapixels on the camera is because of how much we use the cameras. Jumping to 12MP would probably make each photo 50 percent larger and then eat up way more data.

The only reason my baby boomer parents need more than 16GB on their devices is my mom takes a ton of photos and videos yet doesn't sync with her computer enough, and my dad has a lot of apps the grandkids play. My aunt has a 16GB iPad mini and doesn't come close to using the 16GB by just playing Words with Friends, using Facebook and reading emails.

Apple addressed people who need more storage. It's hardly any different from the 11-inch MacBook Air with 64GB of storage. It's a baseline, and you can spend more if you want. Carmakers do it as well with a model with a smaller engine and not many things like power seats, leather, better sound system, etc.

I'm spoiled on my 64GB iPhone now, so it's hard to see me ever buying less than 64GB on an iPad. Therefore the point is moot on the baseline for me. If you want more storage, buy a better model.
 

Mak47

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Eventually they'll have to start packing more storage into iOS devices. The slowdown in adoption of iOS 8 proves that. Whether 32GB as a base is the answer or not isn't for sure. They could just as easily use a 32GB module but isolate 16 GB of it for the OS & updates--still calling it a 16GB entry level. That might actually be more effective from Apple's viewpoint.

Retina HD? It was necessary for the iPhone 6 plus as there are plenty of 1920x1080 panels available in all sorts of different sizes. Other competing devices also rival it. This isn't true for tablets. No competitor has released a successful, high pixel density, large display tablet to date. Without a size change, which is unlikely, there is no reason to do it in the iPad Air. If they release a 13" iPad "Pro", I could imagine it being done there, but I still question the likelihood of that.
 

addictzz

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Isn't retina HD just a term coined by Apple because their iPhone has more resolution? iPad might need to have a change in display size to have that HD suffix.
 

TechGod

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Isn't retina HD just a term coined by Apple because their iPhone has more resolution? iPad might need to have a change in display size to have that HD suffix.
It's to do with the fact that the iPhones support HD finally.
iPhone 6-750P
iPhone 6+-1080P
 

addictzz

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It's to do with the fact that the iPhones support HD finally.
iPhone 6-750P
iPhone 6+-1080P
In that case, iPad's resolution has already exceed HD at 2048x1536.

I was thinking, Apple want it at retina HD resolution which might be twice of the current resolution.
 

Ledgem

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As others have said, Apple changed their memory offering and pricing structure. The $100 you would have paid to go from 16 GB to 32 GB (16 GB for $100) now gets you to 64 GB (48 GB for $100), or the $200 to go to 64 GB now gets you to 128 GB. It's actually quite brilliant. I've upgraded my more heavily-used iOS devices to 32 GB, but grumbled at how little you get for that first $100 upgrade (16 GB, when you get 32 GB for the second $100). If Apple had made 32 GB the base model, I would probably have still upgraded some devices to 64 GB (because 32 GB is getting tight on them now) but I might not have upgraded anything else. Keeping 16 GB as the base keeps things tight, while making 64 GB just $100 away makes the upgrade seem like a good deal.
 

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i think they will add 256 instead than 32 gb

they wont let u 'save' money on a cheaper model
they will ask more money for 64 (minimum) or higher model (256)
 

Chupa Chupa

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The 16GB models are like BMW's 320i models. A somewhat gimped lower cost entry for advertising an affordable price point. It exists to get customers in the door to look and then sales people can upsell to the next storage/engine level.

I know logic dictates that RAM is cheap and Apple would do consumers a great service with 32GB as standard since the wholesale cost difference between 16 and 32 is a couple bucks. But Apple isn't a Benevolent Society. It's a for-profit enterprise that seeks to generate as much revenue as market conditions allow.

16GB isn't going anywhere unless iPad sales materially plummet because consumers perceive the 64GB model is too expensive and 16GB a poor value.
 

addictzz

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The 16GB models are like BMW's 320i models. A somewhat gimped lower cost entry for advertising an affordable price point. It exists to get customers in the door to look and then sales people can upsell to the next storage/engine level.

I know logic dictates that RAM is cheap and Apple would do consumers a great service with 32GB as standard since the wholesale cost difference between 16 and 32 is a couple bucks. But Apple isn't a Benevolent Society. It's a for-profit enterprise that seeks to generate as much revenue as market conditions allow.

16GB isn't going anywhere unless iPad sales materially plummet because consumers perceive the 64GB model is too expensive and 16GB a poor value.
From this point of view, Apple is actually right and doing the best thing for the benefit of itself. Anyway as long as 16gb and 64gb still sell, no reason for them to replace it for our benefit.
 

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16gb will go away from Apple products when it goes away from other products. Apple is not the only one with 16gb as base.
 

Charliebird

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I think Paul Thurrott said it best. If iPad Air 2 base model included 32 GB of storage that would be the only model people would buy.
 

addictzz

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I think Paul Thurrott said it best. If iPad Air 2 base model included 32 GB of storage that would be the only model people would buy.
Isnt this neat? Apple purposely offer 16gb & 64gb as marketing strategy. We know it, but we can't help to still buy it.