Apple could lower the price of the iPad?

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Apple could lower the price of the iPad?
An interesting piece of news has hit the streets, informing that Apple could eventually lower the prices of the newly-announced iPad, in case it doesn’t achieve the expected success with customers. Apparently, some Apple executives have met with Credit Suisse analyst Bill Shope to discuss the future of the tablet. In addition to talking about the pricing, the Apple execs seem to have ensured that cannibalization could not happen within Apple’s lineup of devices, because the iPad has been designed to answer a few specific needs. First of all, the company sees it as a better device for the notebook/handheld user who wants to browse the web, download apps from the App Store and consume mobile media like movies, photos, and e-books. In other cases though, Apple feels an iPhone or an iPod touch for example might be more suitable, so each device will be targeting a different group of users.

You do have an opinion on the matter, don’t you? Would you get an iPad, if Apple lowers the price?

via: WSJ

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15 Comments

1. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

"An interesting piece of news has hit the streets, informing that Apple could eventually lower the prices of the newly-announced iPad, in case it doesn’t achieve the expected success with customers." Translation: Apple will price it as high as suckers are willing to pay for this otherwise limited-feature device with a shiny apple logo on it.

2. deago78

Posts: 172; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Yey for Shiny!

13. Truth

Posts: 62; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Shiny! (Firefly reference, best show ever) This thing will sell very well. Next gen way of consuming media. Apple has nothing to worry about. I like the Lenovo U1 though.

3. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

This one will rouse love and scorn: I wouldn't get one if it was given to me. I don't have anything against Apple, I just don't have a need for the iPad offers. Question here too: why is phonearena posting articles about something that isn't technically a phone anyway?

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

because u can get service on it through phone companies... but the bigger reason, is theres a bunch of Ibots in the phone arena staff, if u havent noticed. If it mentions apple or SJ, they post it, no matter what kind of tripe it is. Of course they will eventually lower it... ugh. HOW IS THIS NEWS. When something is new, they charge exorbant prices for it, as sales wane, they drop the price. THAT IS NORMAL, WHY IS THIS NEWS?!?!?. Yes, and as weve seen apple has a 50%+++ profit margin on the ipad so they have plenty of room to cut for idiots that want their big screen ipod.

7. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

True on that first point, that one slipped by me. And I agree with you, anything that comes out about Apple, iThis, iThat, gets tons of exposure here. I personally think it's to generate interest and exposure to the site, but it's easy to telll "whose side the editors are on" lol.

9. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

"I wouldn't get one if it was given to me"... Even if you don't need it, why not take the free device and sell it? Or, God forbid, use it.

14. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

If I have no use for the device and was given one for free, I would implore to the giver to please give the product to someone who would use it. I would rather help someone else and see them use a device they can be happy with than gain a few hundred bucks; it's not like selling the thing would net me thousands of dollars. I'm not that money hungry, and i'm sure as hell not that bad off.

15. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

awwwww

5. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

you guys are all honestly goofs. Hard to choose whether there are more cry babies here or engadget. Face it, the iphone has been running the show with the most news for years now. Best touch screen sensitivity, most apps (yes there are fart apps but many usefull apps too) and easiest to learn. Fine, it misses some features but everything it does do, it does really well. Id rather have something that does everything pretty much perfect rather than something that does too many things, half ass. Having said that, you guys are simply in denial and blame the writers...FACE IT there are very few things out there that can stay up there with the iphone. I did own an iphone 3gs and got rid of it for a nokia n900, which was too hard to use on an everyday basis so i got a milestone(great phone). Dont hate on people for writing the dead honest truth just because it involves apple. BTW, i like apple's phone but thats it.

8. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

The problem is the iphone is frozen in time and hasn't changed much in nearly 3 years. Plenty have caught up and offer 90% of the performance with 120% of the features for 60% of the price. At this point, the iphone is simply the trendy choice, not necessarily the best. It's not a knock on Apple. This has been their business model for years across all segments they participate in. They don't do anything special, they just do it real well, but at a premium cost.

10. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

I hate admitting it biggles, but your comment reminds me of my Blackberry. I see new Blackberry models out every other month, but little if anything substantial changes with their design or operating system. I have an 8820 and no incentive to upgrade; there's no 3G where I live, and the newer phones don't offer me anything that I don't already have. But like you said with Apple, they do what they do really well.

11. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

You completely miss why the iPhone is so popular...it's easy to use. Yea it's touched that 'trendy' mark, but it's ease of use is what's really pushing it. This guy came in the other day, he has a jail broken iPhone and a TP2, he was torn between the two, and the main reason he gave me of loving his iPhone is that it's crazy easy to use. Remember, the majority of ppl on this planet aren't tech heads. So even though there are wayyyy more powerful devices out, the iPhone, for what it's worth, is the best phone for most ppl...

6. C_H

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 06, 2009

For a couple hundred bucks, the iPad would be an handy little device. It's a nice alternative for people who don't want a tech-heavy device when just tooling around the internet from a chair/couch/bed/etc. I'd personally would rather have a netbook, but I understand the niche the iPad works in

12. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

The iPad is the iPhone for the non existent tablet market. It's ease of use is what will drive this device, and for only $500, the iPad will sell like hot cakes. The potential is there, and we'll really see it's capabilities when third party apps are developed specifically for it. Remember, it's not suppose to be the power house tablet us techies have been wanting, it wasn't designed for us, but seeing how it's the first and only one of it's kind, it's all we have...

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