Predict the price for the 7.85" Ipad Mini

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Predict the price for the 7.85" Ipad Mini

  1. $199

    13 vote(s)
  2. $249

    45 vote(s)
  3. $299

    90 vote(s)
  4. $349

    13 vote(s)
  1. EbookReader macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2012
  2. lord patton macrumors 65816

    lord patton

    Jun 6, 2005
    There's a lot of speculation that the price could be as low as $249 or even $199, but I don't buy it. It reminds me of the speculation prior to the iPhone 4s debut that Apple would also release a low price redesigned iPhone 4 for the prepaid market. Didn't happen. Instead, they kept the old hardware and dropped the price $100.

    I think the same will happen here. The iPad mini will essentially recycle the old hardware (same dpi screen, old processor, old graphics) and… be $100 cheaper. $299 16GB.
  3. lord patton macrumors 65816

    lord patton

    Jun 6, 2005
    Another thing about the comparison with the iPhone… Apple can accept lower margins on the iPhone 3GS* because it is a vastly inferior product compared to their more profitable 4 and 4S. I can't think of any reason—other than price—why someone would choose to buy a 3GS versus a newer model. Thus, they offer a low-margin 3GS knowing that—rather than canabilizing their premium products—it entices a customer who wouldn't have otherwise purchased an iPhone.

    But an iPad mini would for many be more attractive than the full-size iPad. There absolutely will be many who would have bought the iPad 2 or even the retina iPad who instead will opt for the iPad mini. If the mini doesn't have sufficient margins—and at $199 it simply can't—then Apple will have created a new product line guaranteed to lower their gross margins, and Apple does not do that.

    When they come out with the 7.85 iPad mini, I don't think it will look like the line-up of old iPhones and iPads. i.e. with one capacity to entice those with less means. My guess is it will be a full-fledged lineup with three capacities, options for 3G/LTE, and maybe even colors beyond black and white.

    * I guess it's an assumption that the 3GS is lower margin than the 4 and 4S, but it pretty much has to be true. The 3GS lists for $200 less than the 4S and it *can't* be that much cheaper to make.
  4. elementskins macrumors member


    Apr 5, 2012
    Metro Vancouver, Canada
    I doubt we'll see an iPad at $199 when that's the entry price of an iPod Touch. While Apple may introduce a smaller iPad to combat the growing number of 7" Android tablets, I don't think they will feel the need to compete with them on price. Why, because it's an iPad.

    My guess is nothing lower than $299 for a base unit, and wouldn't be surprised if it was $349.
  5. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    My guess is that it will be 16GB at $299. It fits nicely between the $399 iPad 2 and the $199 iPod touch.
  6. jmpnop macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2010
  7. azentropy macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
    Hoping it is $50 less, but probably:
    8gb - $299, 16gb $349.
  8. kblack macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2011
    it's not iPad mini.

    it's the new TV touchpad/remote device.
  9. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    Methinks Apple might introduce the base 8GB model and price it at $250, kind of like they done with iPod Touch. It will help attract more customers and put a serious damper on competition like Nexus7 and the next Kindle Fire.
  10. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    A vendor-subsidized phone is a bad comparison. Apple is getting over $200 from the cellular company from the get-go.
  11. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    If a smaller iPad will enable me to stop carrying a purse then I dont care what price they charge me.

    (BTW. My prediction is actually high. I feel the iPad Mini will simply replace the iPad2 in the lineup so it will initially start at $399 and next Spring the iPad 4 will drop in price causing the iPad Mini to start at $299)
  12. coachingguy macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2003
    The Great White, Albeit Frozen North
    I believe it's going after the Kindle Fire/Nexus, so 8 gig will be $199 and the 16 gig will be $249.

    I've got friends who are buying them because their so "cheap".

    I'd buy an 8 at $199.

  13. pear21 macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2012
    I feel like it will be more expensive than the cheapest iPhone so somewhere between $250 and $300.
  14. lord patton macrumors 65816

    lord patton

    Jun 6, 2005
    Well, from most reports they're getting $450 from the cell companies, but what's your point?
  15. DingleButt macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2011
    $299 for 16gb

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  16. bursthead macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2010
    iPad mini = New larger iPhone

    $349 with two year contract
  17. PracticalMac macrumors 68030


    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX
    If Apple wants to COMPLETELY DOMINATE the Tablet market then $249 is an ideal price point (with 16GB of RAM).

    I believe it will have minimum impact on the big iPad sales.

    The chief target is much bigger >7" tablet market, that is about 2/3 of all Android sales.

    Still, Apple tends to sell for $x99, so likely $299
  18. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    I think it'll be $299 for the base unit assuming it to be 16GB. If they made an 8GB one then perhaps they'd price that at $199 to compete with the other 7" tablets out there. My money is on $299 assuming the rumors to be true.
  19. tucker61 macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2008
    So price in UK would be arround the same as the nexus 7 ? £159 for 8gb and 199 for 16gb.
  20. brig2221 macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2010
    I think you have the initial price point correct, but, I just don't see them reverting back to 8gb for storage.

    I see it like this:

    16gb - $299
    16gb with LTE - $369
    32gb - $399
    32gb with LTE - $469
    64gb - $499
    64gb with LTE - $569
  21. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    iPad mini = Sansa Fuze
  22. i0Nic macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    I don't think it's going to be as high as $299 for the low end model.

    Max would be $249, but my bet is Apple will match the price of the 8gb Nexus 7 - $199.
  23. dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    Well, compare it to the iPod Touch models and price structure. Let's assume that this fall they update those as well (since they haven't for 2 years). Here's how I predict it.

    iPod Touch 6th Gen 16 GB: $199
    iPod Touch 6th Gen 32 GB: $299
    iPad Mini 16 GB: $299
    iPad Mini 32 GB: $399
    iPad 3rd Gen 16 GB: $499
    iPad 3rd Gen 32 GB: $599

    Wouldn't those type of steps in device and storage seem to make sense then for all of those to fall in line? I just don't see Apple keeping with just 8 GB anymore for the base models.

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