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02-27-2012, 11:29 AM #1
iPad 3 with Retina Display May Cost $80 More Than Past Entry Level Models
We've always suspected that if Apple delivered Retina Display on the iPad, customers would definitely have to pay up for it. That much seems to be true in a new report from the Far East which claims a pretty significant entry-level price hike for Apple's forthcoming third generation tablet.
According to the report in question, which comes from Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo, a price comparison sheet indicates that the iPad 3 starts in price at $579 instead of $499, the long-established entry-level price for new iPads.
Although the document in question doesn't specifically reference Retina Display, the only justifiable reason for such a price escalation would be from the added cost of delivering the improved screen quality to the product - which isn't cheap for Apple and, subsequently, for consumers.
As we've seen with the iPhone and other products, Apple likes to be consistent with pricing across new generation models of devices. But if tablet lovers want Retina Display right now, it looks like they're going to have to pay up for it.
As we've reported in recent days, the speculation continues to be that Apple will introduce the iPad 3 on or around March 7th. If so, expect a headline soon on MMi speaking to the freshly mailed invitations by Apple that would surely precede the company's media event.
Source: Sina Weibo (via MacRumors)
02-27-2012, 11:40 AM #2
Worth it IMO
02-27-2012, 11:50 AM #3
I doubt they'll raise the price, it isn't Apple-like. Shouldn't they lower their prices like they do for every successor they produce?Let's not forget that the original iPhone back in 2007 cost a whomping $499.99 for the cheapest flavor and now look at today, the cheapest iPhone you can get is the iPhone 3GS for free with a two year commitment. So in conclusion, it wouldn't make sense for Apple to escalate the price tag of the soon to be released iPad 3 from $499 to $80 more. This is a speculation anyways and you know how rumors end up most of the time; false and having the benefit of the doubt. My prediction? iPad 3 for sure will windup having the same price tag.
Last edited by jose060789; 02-27-2012 at 12:31 PM.Sent from my iPhone 4.
02-27-2012, 12:00 PM #4
02-27-2012, 12:10 PM #5
Can I pay a little more and make mine a PHONE too?
02-27-2012, 12:13 PM #6
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02-27-2012, 12:31 PM #8
I think Apple will keep the current price points. If they do raise it $80 for the entry level iPad, it would probably be a 32GB as opposed to a 16GB with 64GB and 128GB as options.
MacBook Pro i7
02-27-2012, 12:35 PM #9
[QUOTE=TheOrioles33;6427054]I think Apple will keep the current price points. If they do raise it $80 for the entry level iPad, it would probably be a 32GB as opposed to a 16GB with 64GB and 128GB as options.
+1 Yes I couldn't more with you, this sounds more logical for them to do that, 16GB is nothing if you have a crap load of media but then again most people just stream.
Last edited by jose060789; 02-27-2012 at 12:42 PM.Sent from my iPhone 4.
02-27-2012, 01:19 PM #10
02-27-2012, 01:32 PM #11
So what iPhone LCD replacement is 200$ so a 80$ increase for a retina display is reasonable.
02-27-2012, 01:58 PM #12
This is what I was afraid of. If true, the iPad 3 will likely NOT be the first iPad I own after all.
02-27-2012, 02:10 PM #13
Last edited by unison999; 02-27-2012 at 02:15 PM.
02-27-2012, 02:18 PM #14
02-27-2012, 03:13 PM #15
Guess we will all have to wait and see! Hopefully next week we will know how much it is and what its sporting for specs. Either way I am upgrading my iPad 1 to the 3. Can't wait!
02-27-2012, 03:55 PM #16
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02-27-2012, 04:28 PM #18
80$ is pocket change
02-27-2012, 04:33 PM #19
apple could release a ipad 2 re branded as ipad 3 and everyone would piss their pants to get one.
02-27-2012, 04:46 PM #20