iPad 3 possibly starting at $399?

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  1. AnthonySmith macrumors 6502

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    With the prices of other tablets such as the Kindle Fire being so cheap compared to the iPad, and the fact that Apple lowered their iPhone prices by $100, do you think it's a possibility that the iPad 3 would start at $399?

    In my opinion, this would completely eliminate any argument between the Kindle Fire and iPad. If Apple were to lower their prices there would be no reason to even buy a Kindle Fire.

    What do you guys think? This would be a huge plus on Apple's part if they were to do this.
     
  2. dave420 macrumors 65816

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    With the features that are rumored to be in the iPad 3 I wouldn't expect a price drop.
    Maybe they will do a price drop to $399 on the iPad 2.
     
  3. jackc macrumors 65816

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    Wishful thinking, my friend.

    I hope you're right though.
     
  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    likely the iPad 2 price will drop, but certainly not the 3. at least thats what i'd expect.
     
  5. urkel macrumors 68030

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    Dave already said it. iPad 2 at $399 (or less) makes sense because its far from being "outdated". Personally, I'd prefer the iPad 2 be considered the "normal" version and the 3 being the "Pro" version complete with unique pro features because I'd be willing to pay extra to completely replace my laptop with a higher end iPad.

    As for once again going to a Kindle Fire argument, not everyone buys the Fire because they can't afford an iPad. Amazon offers some fantastic unique services and features that make it a valuable product beyond it's cheap pricing.
     
  6. maril1111 macrumors 68000

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    Same but most likely not happening!
     
  7. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020

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    iPad 3 starting price: hopefully 499$, 599$ wouldn't surprise me.
     
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    When they are selling SO many, I can't see them dropping prices.
     
  9. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

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    My "pure speculation" is they will continue to manufacture the iPad 2 like they did the 3GS and drop the price $100 across the board and the iPad 3 will be jacked up $100 over the current iPad 2 prices and be sold as a "pro" version because the feature upgrade to "the average Joe" won't be important.
     
  10. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    Maybe: Wifi
    iPad 2 16gb- $399
    iPad 3 32gb- $499
    iPad 3 64gb- $599
    iPad 3 128gb- $699

    And 3g would only be offered on the iPad 3 and would be the current + 140
     
  11. wickerman1893 macrumors 6502

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    It will stay the same....with the rumored features its got too much on it for that low of a price. It would be nice though.
     
  12. jfyrfytr25 macrumors 6502a

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    1st off I'm not sure what you mean by dropping the iPhone by $100. Subsidized pricing is different than Full retail. Actually apple raised the price of the full price iPhone from $599/$699 to $649/$749. You can not use subsidized pricing of the iPhone as foreshadowing for the pricing of a completely unsubsidized iPad.

    I do not think they will drop the prices, I believe they will keep the same price points because of the overwhelming sales it has had thus far at the current point.
     
  13. M87 macrumors 65816

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    That would be awesome, but not likely IMO. I do think iPad 2 will stick around at a reduced price for that reason though.
     
  14. whoathere macrumors 6502

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    They are destroying the market at current prices. I highly doubt there will be a price drop, but it could actually work out for them. Price drop = further increased sales, which COULD increase revenues based on more volumes. Again, I doubt this will happen.
     
  15. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Apple moves up or down in pricing by expanding the line. Look at what they did with iPods, or the iPhone.

    I'd wager that the baseline flagship iPad will be close to $499 for a long time.

    Just like the baseline flagship iPhone has stayed $199 since the 3G.

    I bet that the 16GB iPad 2 will stick around this year, probably at about $399.
     
  16. Peterson8765 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm pretty postive they will drop the iPad 2 16GB Wi-Fi to $399, and they will offer the iPad 3 16GB Wi-Fi at $499.
     
  17. DrNoellyG macrumors member

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    This. Most people believe this will happen and I do too for whatever that's worth, :D
     
  18. SBA macrumors member

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    When did Apple lower iPhone prices?
     
  19. caseycamilleri macrumors newbie

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    Either way I'm still going to buy the 3. It'll be worth it.
     
  20. soco macrumors 68030

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    Never. And they shouldn't.
    iknowitwasrhetorical
     
  21. AnthonySmith thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I remember buying my iP4 16GB for $299. Now the iP4S 16GB is $199.
     
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    All pure speculation of course, but discontinue the iPad 2. No need to keep it around.

    Apple doesn't need to reduce margins to price compete with the Kindle Fire, it's already completely dominating tablet sales at a healthy margin. Let Amazon have the loss leader market and see if they can survive solely on content sales. I think we will see the Fire with a$100 price increase for the next revision as Amazon realizes you can't lose money and make it up in volume.

    Here's my prediction:

    iPad 3 32g $499
    iPad 3 64g $599
    iPad 3 128g $699
     
  24. SBA, Feb 18, 2012
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    You were either ripped off or you're mistaken. I paid 299 on launch day for the 32gb model.

    Here is a link to the Apple PR for the iPhone 4 release.
     

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