Why 6 models?

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  1. rdrr macrumors 6502a

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    Why would you create 6 models instead of 3 and allow tethering from your iPhone? It seems having another device with a 3g option is redundant. This is almost making me think about getting a regular dumb cell phone, and an iPad with 3g.

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  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    In a way I agree. I kind of think 3G should be CTO but people would bitch. If they have 6 models people wonder, if not then people bitch about lack of choice. It is a no-win situation.
     
  4. Afterthecalm macrumors member

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    Because I don't have an iPhone, and I'm tired of going to the library to jack signal. Being broke does that to you. I look forward to the 3G model
     
  5. goobot macrumors 603

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    so if my grandma wants one with 3g she needs to buy an iphone with a contract too?:confused:
     
  6. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

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    [​IMG]

    Remind you of something?


    Can't they just include 3g and SD card expandability. :confused:
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Besides, what if you don't have an iPhone or anything to tether to?

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  8. rdrr thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think the majority of the future iPad owners will be iPhone owners too.
     
  9. Afterthecalm macrumors member

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    Damn, since I don't have an iPhone, I guess this is not the device for me.

    well, that sucks
     
  10. master-ceo macrumors 65816

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    exactly what i'm gonna do. i'm out of contract with at&t, and will give them the finger this month.

    I'll probably try that vonage app out on the ipad also.
     
  11. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Assumptions are assumptions.

    Even so, I don't want the hassle of tethering. Sometimes, I don't want to have my iPhone with me.
     
  12. rdrr thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What?!? That is blasphemy! :D
     
  13. sumzero macrumors member

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    Same reason Microsoft had the "core" 360, and the "pro" version they want to try and appease a wider audience and then eventually they will convert everyone else.
     
  14. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    And you are willing to leave the others out?
    Or force them to buy and iPhone?

    Nobody forces you to buy the 3G or without the 3G
    It is about choices (and money)

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  15. sumzero macrumors member

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    I don't own an Iphone and never will until they work legally on the Verizon 3g network.

    There are plenty of people who want Iphones but don't have them.
     
  16. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    That's the most inane thing said about the iPad yet. Which is impressive considering all the female hygiene product "jokes". Congratulations!
     
  17. hitekalex macrumors 68000

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    Forget tethering. If I am using an iPad outside of WiFi range, I don't want to be dependent on another device. The idea is to have a single device that can do everything.
     
  18. jb1280 macrumors 6502a

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    why not 6 models? It's not some terribly complicated rubric where you have to consider screen type or product material or processor speed.

    3 storage sizes, with or without 3G.

    It's also not really redundant.

    $99 for iPhone 3G plus 2 year contract is a bigger pill to swallow than $499 plus $15-30 per month on a month by month basis.
     
  19. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    I don't think of it as 6 models, but rather 3 with a 3G option. It's like you choose vanilla, cherry, or chocolate, and then if you want spinkles you can add those too.

    At any rate if it wasn't 6 models then people would be whining that Apple is only letting people with the most expensive models get 3G. Apple's approach is much more egalitarian and lets people buy the options that fit their own needs.
     
  20. vertigo78 macrumors regular

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    the 6 models allows for a very low entry point and the enticement of upgrades. the memory size and 3g updates subsidize the low costs of the other models. its that simple. apple wants to get these to the hands of as many customers as possible.
     
  21. colmaclean macrumors 68000

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    I wonder what amounts of each model are being produced.

    My guess is the $499 option is going to be the most popular by far. The middle option probably the least, as people will either go cheap or all out.
     
  22. richpjr macrumors 68030

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    If the rumor on the front page that the iPad is coming to Verizon is true, they may end up with 9 models!
     
  23. bossxii macrumors 68000

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    Don't mind 6 models, just wish they started at 32g and ended up at 128gig :p

    Choice is good, more storage is better :)
     
  24. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    I'd also like to point-out that you pay a premium of $130 and $30/month.

    The hardware for 3G chips' estimated cost is $12.

    Why not just say $40/month unlimited and have three models with WiFi and 3G? $599 - $699 - $799
     
  25. MTI macrumors 65816

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    3G is yesterday. 4G is already being deployed in various US markets. At the right price, a 4G "MiFi" mobile hotspot device is all your 802.11n iPad would need.
     

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