Apple's stock rallies on news of probable Apple iPad mini event
Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the 8GB Google Nexus 7. Both of those devices are priced at $199. Last holiday season, the OG Amazon Kindle Fire outsold the Apple iPad 2, which was the latest Apple tablet at the time. While rumors of a 7.85 Apple iPad mini date back to before last December, the experience might have been the straw that broke the camel's back. During the recent Apple vs. Samsung patent battle, an email was discovered from January 2011 referring to a story in GigaOm called "Why I just dumped the iPad (Hint: Size Matters)". In the email, Eddy Cue, who was head of Apple's Internet software and services at the time, told other Apple execs that Steve Jobs was warming up to the idea of a 7 inch iPad prior to his passing. That was quite a change as Jobs had said in October 2010 that after extensive testing, it was decided that Apple would never produce a 7 inch tablet. One of Jobs' reasons was his belief that a 7 inch tablet could not support great apps.
Apple's stock might have moved too soon. The most important information about the alleged Apple iPad mini, the price, needs to be disclosed. If Apple brings the price to the $200 level to compete with Amazon and Google, Apple will not make any money or will lose money on the device. At $199, Amazon breaks even on the the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD. Analysts say that a price in the range of $299 to $349 is needed to keep the margins the same as with the larger iPad models. And with Apple's stock as sensitive as it is right now, this could be an inflection point. Price the iPad mini too low and the stock could undergo some long needed profit taking to get the weak holders out of the stock. The company is the most valuable firm in the world but nothing grows to the sky forever. For Tuesday, at least, the Apple iPad mini saved the day for stockholders, many of whom are beginning to get nervous.
1. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Its not an Ipad mini....its called an "Iphone"
2. wendygarett (unregistered)
you may grab my money anytime Apple :)
21. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
almost all the newspapers, because of facts ;)
3. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
apple doesn't realize that this "ipad mini" will destroy their ipod touch business right?
4. rahulcena5565 (Posts: 57; Member since: 01 Nov 2010)
I doubt it will destroy their iPod Touch business because the iPad Mini is suppose to be at around 7.85', the scary part is that it may destroy the Competition in the 7' league.
8. wendygarett (unregistered)
Don't worry, I decided to get both anyways :)
9. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
well i have both. i have itouch, ipad
i like my nexus one and iconia a100 the best thoutgh
5. rahulcena5565 (Posts: 57; Member since: 01 Nov 2010)
End of the day, the iPad Mini doesn't have my money if it's not Retina.
11. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
more pixels more Adidas? maybe you should consider usability: maps, voice searching, widgets.....look like usual Apple client: more pixels, more design, more money :)
12. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Style over Substance prevalis in that crowd.
7. nicholassss (Posts: 358; Member since: 10 May 2012)
Taking their cues from the recent success of the phablet craze apple is actually going to drop a 7.85in iPhone on us.
14. theindianguy (Posts: 90; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)
I have a feeling that the Ipad mini will probably be selling for 399. Goes well with the ipad starting from 499.
18. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
You are probably right. If they price it that high, it will surely be a flop...
15. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
i actually love the size of the iPad mini than the nexus or any other 7" tablet... not too small and not too big!!
thats why i love to hold galaxy tab 7.7 coz of its size! (yes, even i hate samsung, i love the size of galaxy 7.7..)
17. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
I'm buying kettle popcorn in anticipation of the giant crash on Apple's shares...
19. hamboza (Posts: 8; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
I hate for anyone to crash be it Apple or otherwise, cause my Tech-Rush feeds off competition...
20. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6814; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
It's going to called a GIANT IPOD TOUCH and will look the same year after year after year till people realize Apple can't change their design then their stock will drop