- Apr 13, 2006
With the expected Intel price cuts on May 28th, what do you expect Apple will do with prices? What do you think Apple should do? (shouldnt there be a way to post this as a poll?)
Yes, and Apple may have special deals on the prices that doesn't necessarily follow the same price cuts as the general wholesale price.devilot said:I mean, there are a lot of other factors going into these machines than just the price of the processors (right? Like new form factors, and all that other stuff).
That's not strictly true. For example the price of the 12" Powerbook price has dropped $500 from when it was first introduced. The 15" also saw price drops, although in its case it also got several "upgrades".grapes911 said:Apple has had very few price drops other than at an update or on LCDs.
I must have not been clear enough. Price drops usually only ever happen when an update was made. Apple usually doesn't just drop the price in the middle of a revision.dr_lha said:That's not strictly true. For example the price of the 12" Powerbook price has dropped $500 from when it was first introduced. The 15" also saw price drops, although in its case it also got several "upgrades".
They have done in the past:grapes911 said:I must have not been clear enough. Price drops usually only ever happen when an update was made. Apple usually doesn't just drop the price in the middle of a revision.
One or two mid-revision drops every several years is pretty infrequent, I think most people would agree.dr_lha said:I know, I just didn't think that Apple dropping the price of something was as unusual as you made out.
You are going to split hairs about the use of "infrequent" and "unusual"? You've got to be kidding me, right? You are starting to sound a little too trolly for my taste.dr_lha said:Infrequent: yes. Unusual: no. I don't remember anyone arguing frequency of price drops.
You are correct. Apple almost always drops their prices on previous revisions. Sometimes even Apple stores have old computers left over after a new revision is out. The old revision usually sells for a price around what the educational discount used to be for it (I'm not sure if this pricing was the case with the G5 iMacs, but they did drop the price nonetheless).Keebler said:unless i'm wrong, apple did discount the prices of the older imac G5s when the intel versions came out.
That is much more plausible, but I still don't see it happening (not anymore than usual anyway). But then again, I never thought I'd see an Apple 2-button mouse.combatcolin said:Are we more likly to see more offers, RAM discounts for a while, that sort of thing?
This way Apple can protect their precious high prices and still attempt to offer something price-wise.
Sure it will. They're still the only manufacturers of Macintosh computers, and they've got no competition. This is also a big motivating factor for not allowing OS X outside of the Apple camp via licensing--it would cause other OEMs to become direct competitors and force Apple's update cycles. </off topic>. More to the point, Apple's pricing is likely to remain fixed and stable (it's been a cornerstone of their sales practices for almost 10 years now), changing only at product revisions as it currently does. Those revisions also don't seem like they're going to come along faster. The only effect we'll probably see is a CPU speed bump every now and again without any other revisions--the sort of thing that happened with the MacBook Pro between announcement and shipping.Timepass said:What pricing and update work with PPC is not going to work under x86.