The "New" Apple: 1k for an iOS Device???

Discussion in 'iPad' started by BCWorld, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. BCWorld macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2011
    Atlanta GA
    As everyone has been saying, after the last event from Apple, Im at a loss for words.
    RUBBER Watch bands that cost $50, iPhone 5, (My fault) I meant "iPhone SE" with the same specs as the 6s released 6 months AFTER the original 6s was released. AND the iPad "Pro" with the same ram as the iPad Air 2, BUT WAIT! THERE MORE: Its starts at $599.99!! New screen, True Tone, New Processor! and a HUGE Camera Bump!! When the iPad Air 2 was released, it had a New Screen! Better Processor! 2gb Ram BUT WAIT THERES MORE, it started at $499.99!! So now we have a IPAD that costs more than a 2012 and 2014 Mac Mini and nearly the same cost as an 5K Retina iMac??? Im a die hard Apple fan and I was going to upgrade, but this is getting ridiculous! RANT OVER! OUT! :mad:

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  2. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    I paid $1330 for mine. What are you complaining about?
  3. AceFernalld macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2008
    You chose to upgrade the storage 4x from 32GB to 128GB, add in cellular connectivity, and purchase both a cover and case for the device. So yes, it will put you back a grand.

    Also, the 9.7" Pro has these advantages over the Air 2:

    Double the storage capacity
    New screen technology with faster refresh rate and sub-pixel accuracy
    Support for Apple Pencil
    Support for the Smart Keyboard
    5MP front camera (vs 1.2MP on the Air 2)
    12MP rear camera (vs 8MP on the Air 2)
    4K video recording capability
    Double the CPU power
    Double the graphics power
    True Tone Display
    Wider color gamut
    Four speakers for double the sound output

    If you don't think that's worth $200, be my guest and buy an Air 2.
  4. friedmud macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    Ummm even just the iPhone SE negates your own argument. It has all the same internals as a 6S and costs $250 less! $400 vs $650 for all the newest internals.

    Premium Apple products have always carried a hefty price tag. There was a time when Apple didn't sell any kind of computer (excepting the Mac Mini) for less than ~$1000. Today we have the iPad Air 2 at $399 which is a great machine.

    Look... even my iPad 1 cost me ~$1000. It only had 64GB of storage and 256MB of RAM!

    Man people just want to rant about nothing. Nice things cost money! Do you also go post on BMW websites complaining that they don't make cars for $10,000?
  5. StPatty33 macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2009
    When the technology is as advanced as it is, is not that big of a deal. I agree completely though when it comes to their accessories--watch bands, silicone cases, etc, that are all at least 5000% mark up. I always go elsewhere for accessories.
  6. sjleworthy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2008
    Penarth, Wales, UK
  7. Michael Goff macrumors G5

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    Then don't buy the cellular model or the case?

    I'm confused as to why you're complaining when you're choosing to add to the cost.
  8. AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
    1k really is laughable, i'd rather get a rMB or rMBP - but that's what choice is...
  9. joeblow7777, Mar 26, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2016

    joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Try looking at the Canadian prices. No, iOS devices should not rival Windows ultrabooks in price. My Dell XPS 13 from last year with a core-i5 processor, touchscreen, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD cost me about $1300 CDN. The 256 GB 9.7" iPad Pro cost $1200 CDN. I know the value of the Canadian dollar has had a rough year but still...
  10. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    Because then the OP couldn't complain about the $1000 price level. Even if he went without the cellular option, he would've added a few adapters to make up the difference to get to the $1000. :p
  11. AliMacs macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2014
    Next time I'm going to start a thread and complain how a gallon of milk now costs $4.99 when a few years ago it was only $3.50. And how I must stress i can't afford it but it's outrageous because I can't afford it myself.
  12. BSben macrumors 65816

    May 16, 2012
    OMG, you are the one from Penarth that doesn't, time to move I think as you have outed yourself.
  13. AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
    Why do people always assume "can't afford" is the reason?
  14. BrettApple macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2010
    Heart of the midwest
    It is a bit much, that I will agree with. Personally I didn't want to spend anywhere near that much on an iOS tablet so I grabbed a slightly used 64GB Air 2 + smart cover/box/accessories for $400 even a few months back knowing the new one was on it's way and I'm not even mad. I did shell out $635 for my 64GB 6s though, but it's worth it to me since I use it far more than my iPad and it lives in my pocket day in and day out, takes great photos/4k video, super fast, great size, good OS, built well, and all that jazz.

    It's all a personal thing though, those that want it will buy it and Apple will make a profit. They're a business, it's what they do. The more ridiculous part is charging $120 to cover it in silicone. I don't find the actual price of the iPad hardware itself that bad considering what all tech has gone into the thing.
  15. kazmac macrumors 603


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
    The price quoted above has always been accurate to the iPad price, so I'm not sure why the OP is complaining. Yes, I think some Apple stuff is overpriced, but not this celluar iPad given the features and that the price of celluar iPads have been in this range.

    Me, I'm annoyed I caved on a 6s when the battery life and specs of the 5SE on par if not better (esp. battery life and price.) With my gift cards; I could get a 5SE, but will wait until next year's model.
  16. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    While I agree that the higher prices aren't good, I have to give it to Apple for at least trying. Everyone else seems to have given up on tablets.
  17. Sparky2012, Mar 26, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2016

    Sparky2012 macrumors 6502


    Jul 16, 2012
    United Kingdom
    I agree about the accessories. You could get a decent case for a lot less money for this new iPad Pro 9.7". I found one on Amazon for £10.99 as I've ordered the new iPad Pro 9.7" as well. The case is made from a soft material and protects the whole iPad with cut outs for the buttons and has a leather front cover. Plus it can stand the iPad up, etc. I'd honestly cancel the Apple cases and save yourself like $100.

    Here's the link to the case I'm talking about -"+case
  18. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    I feel compelled to point out that the iPad 4 WiFi+LTE costs even more than that. 128GB WiFi-only version was $799 and WiFi+LTE model was $929.
    Look at healthcare. My health insurance premiums seem to be steadily increasing at 7% per year.
  19. jwpoof macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2006
    Jeez, somebody needs to tell these people that iPads aren't necessities. You aren't entitled to luxury items at a price of your choosing. You are however, entitled to not buy things.
  20. Q-Dog macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2007
    Idon't see a problem. That's about what i paid for my 128GB Air with case, a couple of years ago. For a device that gets used every day I am quite happy with it.
  21. sdugoten macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2010
    I agree Tablet shouldn't cost that much. Lucky that you can get Air 2 or even Surface 4 for 500 bucks or less with 128Gb.

    I basically tell anyone, whoever link to my facebook, who want to buy a tablet now is to buy iPad air 2/samsung S2 tablet. My family, all my friends that was going to buy a new tablet, all my relatives who want to buy a new tablet, Apple will not get a dime on ipad Pro from them this year. When the sales sucks for ipad pro, Apple will do something next round.
  22. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    That's exactly what's making my head spin. It's becoming very difficult to upgrade my Air 1 when to get the cellular support I want and future proof guts....I have to spend virtually the same amount as it would cost for a real computer. An MBA, rMBP, or even the super thin MacBook. I mean, ya gotta consider this stuff.

  23. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    I believe the pricing is somewhat fair for the capabilities. However, I have started to regularly read of issues people have on their brand new devices. I do think they are too expensive if you're going to open them up and have some kind of problem out of the box.

    If Apple can keep the quality we have known to this point, I think they haven't gotten too out of control yet.
  24. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    Apple takes an established pricing structure and raises prices. Apple optional features that require additional purchases to use and charges for the port. Apple creates new naming schemes in order to fake product diversity.... And it's the guy who points it out that is treated like selfish jerk.

    The new Apple claims that, while the new iPad can't do EVERYTHING, it can do enough for regular users. That's actually true and a legitimate marketing angle...until you price things out.

    $750 iPad Pro (Price increase and option reduction puts 128GB as sweet spot)
    69 Plastic Smart Back (Leather Smart Case cost $79. Apple split to two pieces (49/69)
    100 Pencil (The justification for Pro price hike is the opportunity to buy a pencil so let's get it)
    39 Apple Lightning to USB(To transfer SD card photos)
    150 Smart Keyboard (Replacing a computer? Then let's type)

    $1100 - Total

    Now, I'm sure many can (and will) argue that this list is stoopid or that these aren't all essentials but the point still remains. As a computer replacement or as a new iPad then things got expensive.
  25. username: macrumors 6502a

    Dec 16, 2013
    One thing that really doesn't bother me is price. I really hate when companies charge too little for their products, it shows lack of foresight into just how much they need to produce quality products in the future.

    Apple keeps their prices at a premium to allow them to make premium products. And nobody can argue Apple products are not premium products.

    You talk about specs, but the fact is iPads are still the best quality tablets on the market (widely held opinion by most critics) and Apple will keep it that way with their sensible and correct pricing strategies.

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