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Discussion in 'iPad' started by Tysknaden, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. Tysknaden macrumors regular


    Jun 19, 2013
    Will Apple repeat the trick? Will they start to put last_years iPad into a plastic shell and offer it as something new?
    I do not like the iPhone-C. It feels like they're trying to sell less for improving margin of profit. But still selling the oldtimer iPad 2, which does have an already dropped connector... is a much bigger shame.
    Will they offer the iPad 4 after introduction of the iPad 5 in plastic or metal? (The replacement of incarnation 2 with 4 is unavoidable for Apple.)
    What do you think?
  2. b3ats macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2012
    Personally I can't see it happening this time due to a lack of leaks.

    I reckon Apple will gauge the reception of the 5C and then decide based on that demand and what their customers are telling them.

    If they do it I would suspect that the it'd only be on the Mini, as the bigger iPad is pushed more towards the Corporate market and customers looking for a premium product.

    This time around I suspect we'll lose the iPad 2 and 4th Gen and they'll be replaced with an A7 or A7X iPad with TouchID and a retina iPad Mini.
  3. kristalsoldier macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2013
    What do you mean when you say "we'll lose the iPad 2 and 4th Gen and they'll be replaced with an A7 or A7X iPad..."?
  4. NinjaDuck macrumors member


    Sep 15, 2013
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    I don't think it will ever happen. Nobody wants a plastic iPad!
  5. b3ats macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2012
    I mean that it makes no sense having two big Retina iPads now there's a Mini on the block too. Do away with the 4th Gen, do away with the 2, and leave one premium big iPad. They may even decide to have two Minis.

    As I say, it's only my personal opinion and I know no more than the average regular guy.

    I guess we'll find out next month.
  6. Dambuster43 macrumors member

    May 20, 2013
    Why not? My Retina iPad sits inside Apples full case with smart cover. Its fully protected...but I don't see the metal back at any time. Do we really care if its metal or plastic? The complaint a bout the 5c is not do much its being plastic, its about being over priced after Apple were thought to be bringing in a cheaper range of iPhone. Tim has had months to come out and say...we don't deal in cheap ...but he didn't.
    If Apple lower the price and use plastic..I would have one!
  7. b3ats macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2012
    Not sure anyone wanted a plastic iPhone either after the 4 and 5 came out - but they're selling loads of them.

    Judging by what usually happens when Apple releases a product, we don't actually know what we want until they've made it.
  8. kristalsoldier macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2013
    Thanks. Personally, I think Apple will certainly get rid of iPad2 and phase out iPad3. But they will keep iPad4 around till the next iPad release (by next I mean version 6). By then the transition to the slim version will be complete. I think it is only then that Apple's iPad line will consist of 1 full-sized iPad and 2 minis (of which one may be a lower-cost version).

    Caveat: Like you mentioned, this is just speculation on my part.
  9. Lindsford macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2012
    I think it's possible. iPad Mini C, to hit the sub $300 market. However I don't think they would have 4 different models ipad/mini ipad c/ mini c on top of 16,32,64,128gb wifi and LTE models
  10. herdnerfer macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2011
    Saint louis, MO
    I think the Ipad will be the S version & the Mini will be the C version on the iPad front.

    The bigger iPad will always have more power & better specs & most likely get TouchID

    While the Mini will use last gen CPUs & remain retina-less & get the colorful cases to keep it the cheaper alternative.
  11. TJ61 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2011
    Not sure about plastic, but I'm started to think Apple could bifurcate the mini line; offering a "C" version to maintain a lower price point, and an upscale version to please the folks that like the form factor but want more horsepower.

    The "C" would be non-retina and lesser CPU/GPU, and maybe only come in 16GB to keep the number of SKUs down.
  12. costabunny macrumors 68020


    May 15, 2008
    Weymouth, UK
    I do. I kept mine in its case for fear of scratching the rear metal. A plastic one would suit me.
  13. McPc macrumors 6502


    Sep 30, 2012
    I'm curious as to what the weight difference would be with a plastic iPad? I suspect it could possibly be lighter which a lot of people would like.
  14. Chrysaor macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2006
    No plastic iPad, same goes for Touch ID also. There would have been leaked cases by now.
  15. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    wait and see what they say about iPhone 5C. :apple:
  16. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    They could make the iPad mini in polycarbonate.
  17. mrcarter2 macrumors member

    May 26, 2013
    Actually it would probably be heavier. Apple would have to do what they did with the 5C and add an internal metal plate for rigidity in addition to using thick pieces of plastic so it doesn't feel like a flimsy piece of crap. It would probably have more or less the same thickness and weight of the current iPad, while the iPad 5 gets the huge benefits in weight and girth reduction.
  18. RenoG macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    If they do it would make more sense to give the mini that treatment.
  19. Curun macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2013
    I don't think it will happen, but I could see it. The iPad 2 has likely been a great seller for education and corporate purposes. They need to maintain a less expensive, less cutting edge, but still premium device, tied into their ecosystem.

    Could be perfect for education market.

    $329 plastic non retina 9.7" for entry/education, A6

    $399 Al mini retina, A6 or A7

    $499 Al regular retina, A7X


    You can't begin to apply logic to consumers.

    My girlfriend called me, she was away visiting her parents. Was getting a free upgrade from her 4S. 5 or 5C she asked.

    I told her both are good, 5 is better. 5C is same electronics, just a heavier, thicker, fatter of the 5. Get the metal one.

    She came home with a green plastic because it's prettier.

    LOL *shrug*
  20. Zellio macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2012
    It would weigh more then the ipad 1. All the people here crying because their girly hands can't hold ipads for long would be SOL. :confused:
  21. mattroman246 macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2009
    Upstate NY
    you mean the last year's spec model iPad? I believe they call it the iPad Mini
  22. Zellio macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2012
    No they aren't, the 5s's are sold out while the 5c sits on shelves!
  23. TJ61 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2011
    I think the plastic one would weigh more. Although Al is over twice as dense as polycarbonate, it's Young's Modulus is 35x higher, so it takes much less mass to provide the required stiffness.

    Look at the iPhones as a guide:
    5C - 132 g
    5S - 112 g
  24. jozero macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2009
    After getting a 5c I'd happily get a iPad-C. The insanely high quality plastic just feels amazing. It also has a warmth from the device running. I never did like the cold metal feel of iPhones. Only downside with an iPad-C is it wouldn't have retina, and mini really needs a retina screen.
  25. 576316 macrumors 601

    May 19, 2011
    I can see TouchID being more practical on an iPad mini than an iPad. Even if it costs a little bit more, I think they should bring TouchID to the iPad mini. Or neither of them. But I don't think one should be left out over the other. People need to stop seeing the iPad mini as a lesser device, it's just a SMALLER device. Not necessarily in a different league to the iPad.

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