iPhone 6 Plus 128GB $949 ??? BUT iPad Mini Retina 2 128GB $599

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by DBZmusicboy01, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. DBZmusicboy01 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2011
    Does anyone see something ridiculous here? Okay...So something that has better specs cost less than something with less specs?
    I mean even the LTE iPad Mini Retina 2 only cost $729 for the 128GB Version
    Has a better processor. 2GB of RAM and a bigger screen.
    Even if you buy a iPod Touch 5G you will still have money left over.
    Just wondering what people think.
  2. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    The mini 3 only has A7 CPU same as the old model. Really, only difference is TouchID and Gold model.
  3. cchunk macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2012
    Well one is an actual phone that can make calls and has a phone number... so there's that.
  4. geoff5093 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2014
    Dover, NH
    Because people in the U.S. are used to buying phones on contract, so they only see (and Apple only advertises) the on-contract pricing, but with tablets people almost always buy them at full retail.

    With more and more carriers getting away from subsidizing phones, hopefully off-contract prices will come down.
  5. cymolia macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2012
    Orange County, FL
    Apple loves its customers so much that they are ripping them off right infront of their eyes , thats basically what it all comes down to.
  6. danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Well first off the numbers you reference is a Mini 3 (not 2)

    Second you're comparing a non-cellular unit to a cellular unit.

    The M3 cellular 128 is $729.

    Miniaturization costs a little more money.


  7. Jayv1717 macrumors member


    Oct 13, 2011
    2gb of ram in the mini? did i miss something?
  8. areyes163 macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2012
    So both the mini and the iPad 128gb cellular models are cheaper than then plus 128 iPhone. Makes no sense to me.
  9. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    You seem to think components drive market price. That's only true with undifferentiated commodity type products. iDevice pricing instead is driven simply by what people will pay.
  10. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Smaller chips and components are actually more expensive to produce than larger ones.

    Plus Apple knows that people are willing to pay more for iPhones and thus will charge more.
  11. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Why does Apple charge more money for the iPhone? Why does Apple charge more money than their competitors for similar products? Same answer. Because they can. So they do. And you will buy it. Now go get to your local Apple Store and spend.
  12. Kariya macrumors 68000


    Nov 3, 2010
    Because they can. No other real justification.
  13. myscrnnm macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Seattle, WA
    Exactly. Ultimately, it comes down to how much utility you will get out of each device. Which one are you more likely to carry around with you and use all day? People are willing to pay what they believe a product is worth beyond its material cost. And I think both are appropriately priced (disregarding the markup for increased storage capacity).
  14. tjl3 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2012
    Not sure if you've browsed the market, but with the exception of the Surface Pro, what tablet is more expensive than its smartphone counterpart?
  15. HelloMikee macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2009
    San Diego
    Similar with android phones and tablets. Just how the market is. Phones are in a much much higher demand than tablets and demand is a big factor in price.
  16. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
  17. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Also: 5MP camera as opposed to 8MP camera on iPhone 6. Also, No barometer, no NFC on iPad Mini 3.
  18. Dmunjal macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2010
    This was debated in another thread.

    It's not because it has cellular because the Qualcomm chips are the same. Maybe there's an extra license for voice but that doesn't make up the difference.

    It's not because the chips are smaller. They use the same chips.

    The battery and the screen on the iPad are bigger which are both more expensive than their iPhone counterparts.

    Every time isuppli does an analysis, the iPad has more expensive parts.

    The only reason is the $450 subsidy that most iPhone buyers get that hides the true cost. This gives Apple and all other smartphone vendors the freedom to charge more.
  19. mailboxbetacoin macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2014
    Are you new to this world? Or maybe live in a communist country?
    If not, I don't understand what you don't understand
  20. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

    Dec 26, 2009
    The cellular antenna and chip only cost a couple of bucks, for those saying that iPhone has a phone. Any $5 flip phone has pretty much the same thing. And for those saying that miniaturization costs money - wrong, the logic board and chips in iPhone and iPads are exactly same. The rest - case, battery, and screen - are the more expensive the bigger they are.

    "Smartphone" is the biggest scam ever existed on planet Earth. And possibly in the whole universe.
  21. myscrnnm macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Seattle, WA
    Like I said, it's not about the material cost. You also have to factor in the utility. These are the prices that the market will bear for smartphones and tablets.
  22. Radiating, Oct 17, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2014

    Radiating macrumors 65816

    Dec 29, 2011
    Yep you're comparing an old low gamute average quality screen and camera with no LTE or super thin design, and many missing features. The iPad mini 3 and iPhone 6 aren't exactly the same feature wise.

    So $599 vs $949 is really $729 for the iPad mini 3 LTE version plus a better camera, screen, processor, hardware to take voice calls, smaller form factor which costs money to redesign and retool for, and a rear camera flash, for $220 more. That's 6 extra features which require their own expensive upgrades or hardware for $220. Each extra feature costs less than $35, which is a bargain when Touch ID is $100 alone.

    It actually makes sense if you think about it.
  23. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    First of all, iphone has a better spec than the ipad mini 3. Processor, screen, and camera to name just a few.
  24. sanke1 macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2010
    iPhone buyers subsidise iPad buyers.

    Fact for life.
  25. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    Very true. The iPhone line commands most of Apple's revenue, and thanks to the subsidy or even installation plans, Apple can continue to keep huge margins on the iPhone line and less on the iPad line.

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