Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Jan 2010 19:45 UTC
Apple In what everybody already saw coming for weeks (months) now, Apple has just unveiled its latest product, a tablet called the iPad. Basically a bigger version of the iPhone, Steve Jobs presented the iPad during a press event in San Francisco. The most interesting news? It's powered by... An Apple processor, called the A4. The most shocking news? The price.
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RE[2]: Price
by kragil on Wed 27th Jan 2010 21:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Price"
kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

$499 only sounds good because all Apple products are really expensive and every Apple pundit expected $899 or ยง999.

But let's face it. It is a 10 inch screen + a ARM-like CPU + 16 GB of flash + some RAM (how much?) + cool aluminum body.

$499 is not great for that hardware. $299 would have been.

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RE[3]: Price
by bert64 on Wed 27th Jan 2010 21:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Price"
bert64 Member since:
2007-04-23

499 is the initial early adopter price, how quickly will that price drop? (remember the original iphones?)...

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RE[4]: Price
by kragil on Thu 28th Jan 2010 01:43 in reply to "RE[3]: Price"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Watch the video at apple.com. Phil Schill says in this case things were different.

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RE[4]: Price
by dylansmrjones on Thu 28th Jan 2010 05:35 in reply to "RE[3]: Price"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

$199 would be reasonable. ATM this thing is three times more expensive than superior netbooks. And less useful. Or put differently. I can buy a dual core x64 laptop with 500 GB harddisk, 16" monitor and so on for the same price. Or quad core if it is stationary.

And remember, the prices in Europe will be approx. twice those of USA (it'll cost the same as the sam440).

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RE[3]: Price
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 27th Jan 2010 21:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Price"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Compare that with the price of unlocked cell phones. A Google nexus unlocked is around $530 for a similar speed processor.

I'm still not sure its a great deal. Should a bigger screen cost more, like in TV's? Or does small size carry a premium?

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RE[4]: Price
by kragil on Wed 27th Jan 2010 21:55 in reply to "RE[3]: Price"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Well,

compare to this:

https://www.alwaysinnovating.com/touchbook/

it is $299.

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RE[4]: Price
by CaptainN- on Wed 27th Jan 2010 22:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Price"
CaptainN- Member since:
2005-07-07

The price of the iPad goes up significantly when you add the 3G hardware. If they added a camera, and other radios, it'd go up even more.

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RE[3]: Price
by testman on Wed 27th Jan 2010 21:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Price"
testman Member since:
2007-10-15

$499 is not great for that hardware. $299 would have been.

It's a luxury item. You don't need one if you already have a computer so why stop at $299? Why not just sell them for $10 a unit and throw in a free set of steak knives for the first fifty callers? :-)

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RE[4]: Price
by umccullough on Wed 27th Jan 2010 22:02 in reply to "RE[3]: Price"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Why not just sell them for $10 a unit and throw in a free set of steak knives for the first fifty callers? :-)


That would entirely depend on the brand/quality of the steak knives...

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