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)
    8.1%
  2. $249

    45 vote(s)
    28.0%
  3. $299

    90 vote(s)
    55.9%
  4. $349

    13 vote(s)
    8.1%
  1. EbookReader macrumors 65816

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  2. lord patton macrumors 65816

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    #10
    it's not iPad mini.

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

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    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 macrumors 68030

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    #12
    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

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    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

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    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.

    Coachingguy
     
  13. pear21 macrumors 6502

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

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

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    $299 for 16gb

    Sent from my Amazon Kindle Fire using Tapatalk 2
     
  16. bursthead macrumors 6502

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    iPad mini = New larger iPhone

    $349 with two year contract
     
  17. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    iPad mini = Sansa Fuze
     
  22. i0Nic macrumors 65816

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    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 68000

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    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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