Apple Tablet to Be Priced 'Shockingly' Low?

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In the latest episode of Diggnation, co-host Alex Albrecht reveals under pressure from Kevin Rose that he has received information about Apple's much-rumored tablet computer, but acknowledges only that he was "shocked" to hear how low the device will be priced.


The episode also features John Hodgman of Apple's "Get a Mac" commercials as a guest, and while he too is asked about the company's tablet, he notes that Apple has unsurprisingly not shared any information on it with him.

While Albrecht has not been a significant source of Apple rumors, Rose has regularly offered claims of forthcoming Apple releases, a number of which turned out to be accurate. Due to a lack of detail and track record for Albrecht, however, we are including this on Page 2 primarily for interest and discussion rather than as information to be trusted.

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thejadedmonkey

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While Albrecht has not been a significant source of Apple rumors, Rose has regularly offered claims of forthcoming Apple releases, a number of which turned out to be accurate.
He's also been way off, I think Rose was the one who claimed the iPhone would have 2 batteries. ;)
 

h4ck

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jesus ***** ***** why am i not surprised to see this here.

hi guys, me again.

no.

apple doesn't sell cheap ****.

never will.

look at their business model, and look at their bank account.

why do people feel it necessary to say/perpetuate this stupid rumor that comes up EVERY SINGLE TIME a new product is rumored, and why do people continually believe it???????
 

TuffLuffJimmy

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I wouldn't mind if it were subsidized. It would allow me to drop the data plan on my iPhone, or get a cheap phone and use the tablet with a data connection.
 

Kashchei

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A new product line from Apple with a shockingly low price? Is there any historical precedent for this? I can't think of one off the top of my head, while I can think of any number of items that were introduced with a price that was dropped significantly after a relatively short time. This is why I'm dubious about this rumor.
 

vant

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I pray that shockingly low is not under $900.

I'd rather Apple put quality ahead instead of price.
 

TuffLuffJimmy

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A new product line from Apple with a shockingly low price? Is there any historical precedent for this? I can't think of one off the top of my head, while I can think of any number of items that were introduced with a price that was dropped significantly after a relatively short time. This is why I'm dubious about this rumor.
For what the iPhone 3G is I think it's priced shockingly low, even though it is subsidized.
 

cmaier

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It may be subsidized in multiple ways. For example, it may be a media device with a monthly fee for unlimited music downloads but a low up front cost. Or it could be subsidized by a 3G carrier, or by publishers, etc. It's all speculation.
 

mj1903

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Apple makes high end luxury items which means they cannot have a shockingly low price.
 

Bevz

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I'm just praying it'll run full OSX... If it does no matter what the price the geek in me will just have to buy it!! Although "shockingly low" price would be nice too ;)
 

wilburpan

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is it a given that the Apple tablet is going to have cell phone abilities? Or is it going to be more like a large iPod Touch? If it is the latter, and that would be my guess as I don't know why one would want to get a cell phone with a 8-10" diagonal screen form factor, then it would not be surprising for the cost to be fairly low.

The technology for an Apple tablet is already fairly well developed. Touch screens are already used in iPhones and iPod touches. The device doesn't have to be miniaturized, since it's a tablet, and doesn't have to fit in a pocket. Memory and flash storage are known quantities. Wireless connectivity (wifi or Bluetooth) already exists in the iPhone. And I bet that the capabilities of a Apple tablet won't require huge amounts of CPU power, meaning that you don't need the most cutting edge (read: relatively pricey) CPU for this device.
 

cmaier

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is it a given that the Apple tablet is going to have cell phone abilities? Or is it going to be more like a large iPod Touch? If it is the latter, and that would be my guess as I don't know why one would want to get a cell phone with a 8-10" diagonal screen form factor, then it would not be surprising for the cost to be fairly low.
It's not a given. But the idea wouldn't be necessarily to be a cellphone - rather it would be to have ubiquitous internet connectivity. Wi-fi isn't always available, after all. Look at the Kindle - probably the main reason it broke ahead of the pack was built-in connectivity for downloading of books.
 

Rocketman

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It's not a given. But the idea wouldn't be necessarily to be a cellphone - rather it would be to have ubiquitous internet connectivity. Wi-fi isn't always available, after all. Look at the Kindle - probably the main reason it broke ahead of the pack was built-in connectivity for downloading of books.
My guess is a large screen Touch with VoIP for voice and no "real" OS10.6 with Finder. I would like to see Finder as an app you can download and use "authorized applications with".

The more cloudy this thing is the more practical it will be to simply control your primary mac or a cloud virtual mac you "own". Apple wants to sell you macs. There is no firm rule it need be a device. It could be an "instance". That might raise margins. :)

The tablet becomes your local, portable I/O device.

I used to carry a 3.5" floppy to the computer lab with my "environment" on it, which Apple's then current OS recognized and remembered how I set up my desktop and windows. I could go to any of 40 MacIIci's in the lab and have that experience.

No I didn't use it entirely for Tank and Spaceward Ho! I used it for TidBits and my FTP site list and email accounts too. Later for a weird thing called a hypertext page. Whatever the heck that is . . . . .

Rocketman

cite:
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/09/12/03/1318218/FCC-Preparing-Transition-To-VoIP-Telephone-Network
 

spillproof

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John Hodgman is cool.

I think $100 for an Apple computer device is "shockingly" low.

I have zero clue, but for fun I'll call it now: price range of the tablet will be $24-1,000 (USD). hehe :)
 

fishmoose

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A while ago there was a rumor posted on this site stating that Apple had planes to use it's huge pile of cash to lower prices, everyone thought it would be mac's, maybe it was the tablet the rumor was talking about?
 

Chaszmyr

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If it is in fact "shockingly low" my guess is that means it starts at $399 (subsidized).
 

smileyborg

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What time in the video do they talk about the tablet??

EDIT: Found it, look at approximately 25:00 in.
 

ajmetz

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I wanna see it at £1.99, so it'll compete with buying a magazine from the news-stand.

All this talk of a tablet, and downloadable magazines, and revolutionising the print industry...duh....why would I spend £500 odd quid to turn virtual pages, when I can buy the mag I want from my newsagents for £2 to £5?
But if they can get a large installed base, and then make money on the virtual newsstand - that's cool.

Although I also hate it when the mag industry looks for "Digitial Magazine" solutions - it's called a website. Skip the PDF downloads, and flash player magazine viewers, and just use html...=p [well, okay, CSS/Flash/PHP/Perl/CGI/ASP/Javascript, etc, etc...]
 
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