iPad iPad5 - any chance base model will be 32GB?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Macwick, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. Macwick macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2008
    There has been talk that they'll drop the 16GB model and move to 32/64/128 (with the 32GB starting at $499).

    I would LOVE to be wrong on this, but I don't see it happening. My rationale:

    *It would drive the majority of buyers who are still happy with 32GB to buy their base model for $499. I just sold my 32GB iPad 3 and I am planning to pick up a 32GB iPad 5. My storage needs haven't changed, so I'm going to end up spending either $499 or $599. Why would Apple leave $100 on the table?

    *It would so rapidly devalue all previous iPad models. I know, Apple doesn't care about obsoleting old tech, but usually it's with iterative spec upgrades. A 32GB base iPad would immediately slash the value of prior models by $100 or more, including those who just purchased an iPad 4 the week before.

    Hopefully I'm wrong - they need to bump up the storage specs across the board at some point. It's just hard to see how/why they would do it now.
  2. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Your points are quite valid and apple never leaves money on the table. I suspect they may just go 32/64/128 but raise the prices accordingly. Storage is never cheap.

    I hope I'm wrong though. Perhaps they meet us halfway so to speak and go $549/649/749 for pricing and start with 32gb?
  3. joeynym macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2012
    well they went from original iphone (4gb) to to iphone 3 (8gb) to iphone 5 (16gb)... so u never know....
  4. ionjohn macrumors 65816


    Jun 5, 2013
    iphone 4 and iphone 4s were 16gb on the cheapest model (when they came out)
  5. Lindsford macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2012
    I don't think we will see it this year :(
  6. Fruit Cake macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2012
  7. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    if the iphone 5s stuck with 16/32/64, i'm thinking the ipad might as well.
  8. tann macrumors 68000

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    They may do, I'd say the chances of the iPads getting 32gb base is higher than the chance the iPhone would.

    Seems strange to keep 4 storage options around though.
  9. henry72 macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2009
    New Zealand
    Yes that's what I'm thinking as well, 4 storage options are just too much I reckon.

    I also think that starting at 32GB will have a "better user experience" because the apps are just getting bigger and bigger due to the beautiful Retina Display ;)
  10. barryl85 macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2010
    They sell too many 16gb models to see any sense in starting at 32gb as it will cost them more and they clearly think 16gb is the most popular.

    If they only realised that makes perfect sense as its the cheapest :rolleyes:
  11. Centris 650 macrumors 6502a

    Centris 650

    Dec 26, 2002
    Near Charleston, SC
    I think you underestimate buyers. I'm planning on buying the 2nd tier model whether the storage is 32GB or 64GB. I think many people would do the same.
  12. osofast240sx macrumors 68030


    Mar 25, 2011
    16g is apples way of double dipping
  13. gadget123 macrumors 68010

    Apr 17, 2011
    United Kingdom
    16GB 5S.

    No chance of a 32GB Ipad as a starting range.
  14. hologram macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2007
  15. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    I think they will bump storage next time they bump camera.

    We've done 4 generations of phones now with 16GB base storage. Seems odd. Time for a bump.

    It would buzz well. iPhone 6, with new 13MP camera, and to help with storage of these larger images, 32GB base size!

    Maybe. *shrug*.

    Then again. iPad make sense as well. They will continue to have 4 sizes to manage logistics of if they don't. 16/32/64/128. They might want to streamline this back down to 3. Or that might want to continue gauging CAD/media whores with the 128GB price *shrug*

    32GB is offered standard on other android devices. It should be within their price budget.

    I can see both, flip of a coin.
  16. Brittany246 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2013
    The only time Apple has had 4 storage options for any of their iOS devices was with the iPhone 4S, then they cut it down to 3 with the iPhone 5 when they got rid of the 8 gb storage option. All of the ipads, except for the 4th gen, have had 16, 32, and 64 gb options. Maybe apple will cut it down to 3 storage options with the ipad 5, but I don't think Apple would be that generous. >_>
  17. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    The 16GB is the most popular because it is the cheapest base model. If 32GB was the base and cost $499, then this will be the most popular. It has nothing to do with the size and more to do with being the base model that makes it the most popular.
  18. jimmirehman macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012
    We should see iPad Mini as 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and iPad 5 as 32, 64, 128

    Personally, if it were me i would just destroy all competition with the following:

    iPad Mini $199 (16GB only) No LTE option
    iPad Mini Retina $329 (starting 16GB up to 64GB) LTE option $50 more
    iPad 4 $399 (16GB) No LTE option
    iPad 5 $499 (32GB) LTE option $50 more
    iPad 5 $599 (64GB) LTE option $50 more

    Stop there and watching as the android Tablet market crumbles to nothing.


    they have 4 storage options on iPad right now. 16, 32,64,128
  19. Brittany246 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2013
    I know. I guess I should have said "The only other time Apple has had 4 storage options..." I did say that all of the iPads except for the 4th gen have had only 16, 32, and 64 gb storage options though.
  20. The Flying Kite macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2012
    That's what he was saying. He was saying that Apple thinks it has to do with the size, and they're too closed minded to see that it's just because it's the cheapest option.
  21. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    Doh! I'm such an idiot. I see that now. Don't know what I was thinking.
  22. jimmirehman macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012
    yeah, i only read the first sentence and skimmed the rest... my bad.
  23. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    I say the base will be 16GB BUT they could offer it for less than $499. At least that is what I'm hoping for.
  24. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but here is a little history lesson that may or may not prove relevant:

    I think the only time Apple has ever upgraded storage for an iOS device part-way through the upgrade cycle was the original iPhone and the iPad 4. The original iPhone came in 4/8GB sizes. On February 5, 2008 the original iPhone was upgraded to a new 16GB capacity option. Later that same year, they came out with the iPhone 3g that only came in 8/16GB sizes—dropping the 4GB model altogether in favor of the larger capacity offering.

    Now this year we have the iPad 4 get a 128GB capacity on January 29th. That's FOUR models of iPads, across multiple versions for WIFI and various cellular radios. To add further complexity, the iPad 5 is expected to come in Gold, Silver and Space Gray. So that's an additional color option. Given the precedent of the original iPhone and Tim Cook's penchant for keeping a tight supply chain I wouldn't be surprised at all to see a 32/64/128GB lineup. Not to mention that competition is finally starting to heat up a little bit.

    But perhaps that is just wishful thinking since I'm getting a 128GB no matter how much the darn thing costs! My 32GB iPad 2 is always running low on space.

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