iPad 3-Price Drop?

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  1. ty7u5 macrumors member

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    I just wanted to get the oppinion of othere...about whether they think that one of the key points of the iPad 3 would be a price drop to "Now Starting at $399 for 16 GB?" Just wanted thoughts and oppinions. Thanks.
     
  2. bufffilm Suspended

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    my thoughts on a price drop?!...it ain't happening.
     
  3. Mac.World macrumors 68000

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    With the potential of a retina display or near retina display upgrade, you can be rest assured a price drop isn't going to happen. If anything, I would expect a price increase.

    Getting this displays made apparently isn't easy!
     
  4. jsh1120 macrumors 65816

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    Personally, I'm skeptical that Apple will drop the price much, if at all. It's not as if they've encountered strong price resistance for the iPad. And while they may well have renewed price pressure from devices like the Amazon Fire, I suspect the attitude at Apple is that they can sell the greater functionality of the iPad at their current price points.

    Furthermore, short of significantly diminishing the build quality of the iPad, I'm not sure there is a lot of what manufacturers often term "value engineering" to be done with the device. Apple is clearly not interested in selling iPads at a break even price point. And the prices of other devices and the components that go into an iPad suggest there is not a lot of substitution of lower cost components that would yield a great savings to Apple's customers without making a "cheap" tablet.

    An Amazon Fire can sell for $200 because it lacks a camera, 3G connectivity, has a smaller screen, doesn't purport to provide content creation features, and because Amazon can expect to make a profit simply by linking many more customers to Amazon. Apple could radically diminish the iPad's capabilities and would still be more expensive than an Amazon Fire. I don't think that selling a commodity tablet is an Apple strategy.
     
  5. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    +1; the new screens will cost more initially; and I'm happy to pay a bit more (100$) go get a retina. Still hope they kind o make it optional or kind of iPad pro so the people can choose. Like iP4s now just combine all the 3G/CDMA into one device and keep the different models for different screen sizes.
     
  6. boy-better-know macrumors 65816

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    What they could do, like they do with the iPhone, is keep producing ipad 2's after the ipad 3 comes out and sell that at alower price. Probably not though.
     
  7. Rolvag macrumors regular

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    Agreed, IF the iPad 3 has the retina display then I would say the price will remain the same, I also expect the 16gb version to be droppped with the 32 gb becoming standard at $399. Look at the iPhone for reference, The basic iPhone 4s is still $199 with contract. It's 4 revisions from the original.
     
  8. bufffilm Suspended

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    don't you mean to say 'I also expect the 16gb version to be droppped with the 32 gb becoming standard at $499' ? the ipad never sold for below $499 (not counting reburbs).

     
  9. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Apple tends to add more features to the product, while keeping the price the same.

    2011 iPod touch had price reduction because it has NO new features.
     
  10. jsh1120 macrumors 65816

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    And because its sales have plummeted.
     
  11. poloponies macrumors 68030

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    Plenty of competition from the iPhone and iPad.
     
  12. Aspasia macrumors 65816

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    LOL, why speculate/worry about something over which you have no control?
     
  13. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    Because that's part of the domainname for this site: rumors ... We have to ...that's our job ... Only helping each other with questions ? No, we want repeating the same rumors again and again ...
     
  14. porcupine8 macrumors 6502a

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    Apple doesn't drop prices often. Much more likely that they'd drop the 16GB altogether and make the 32GB the low end at $499.
     
  15. poloponies macrumors 68030

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    There's a difference between a rumor and rank speculation.
     

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