Design Con 2015

Will You Buy a Cheaper iPad?

NO RATINGS
View comments: threaded view | newest first | oldest first
Bolaji Ojo
User Rank
Blogger
iPhone vs iPad
Bolaji Ojo   3/1/2012 4:57:54 PM
NO RATINGS

Would I buy a cheaper iPad? Many current Apple iPad users probably would if the form factor is different, that is, if it is smaller and can readily fit into a jacket pocket. But isn't the iPhone itself able to perform the same functions? Businesses might, though, and that is one set of buyers that Apple is targeting with a wide range of products.

I have no intentions of buying an iPad just because of the price. I have looked at tablet PCs over the last year and haven't quite decided why I should add one to the electronic products I carry around. I have a Samsung smartphone that is bigger than the iPhone, a Blackberry and a laptop. Why do I need another device? I believe my Samsung Galaxy phone qualifies enough as a tablet PC.

Dave Sasson
User Rank
Supply Network Guru
Re: iPhone vs iPad
Dave Sasson   3/1/2012 5:57:54 PM
NO RATINGS

Android devices and tablets are coming out in all different shapes and sizes, specifically by manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and now ZTE, among others.  It would make sense that Apple looks to provide additional form factors.  I think a smaller tablet would be a good seller.

TIOLUWA
User Rank
Blogger
Re:
TIOLUWA   3/1/2012 5:19:54 PM
NO RATINGS

I might buy a cheaper iPAD if i don't have to pay through lower functionality, although i'm more of a nokia and android fan.

I find the news that iPAD sales was eaten into by iPhone sales, that speaks volumes, as efficient smart phones are just as good as tablets, except for screen size.

I think it all depends on the kind of customer: those who buy just for the fun or hype of it, and those who buy out of the need for such protable, smart devices.

for the later, a cheaper iPad, might just not make any difference, but for the former, it could make a big difference.

 

Wale Bakare
User Rank
Supply Network Guru
It Depends...
Wale Bakare   3/1/2012 7:11:36 PM
NO RATINGS

Thanks Barbara for the article. From consumer perspective bandwagon people would love to buy iPad for cheap price irrespective of features or additional functional parts. I bet you, normal ritual (queue) is likely to double by the time Apple launches its iPad 3

Eldredge
User Rank
Supply Network Guru
Would consider cheaper iPad
Eldredge   3/1/2012 7:17:50 PM
NO RATINGS

@Barbara: I would consider purchasing the cheaper iPad - but I am in the population that currently doesn't have one at all. Your question seems ro be directed to current, larger iPad owners?

Cryptoman
User Rank
Blogger
I need to find out how it will be useful to me first
Cryptoman   3/1/2012 7:51:53 PM
NO RATINGS

 

Price is certainly important for me when it comes to buying technology. However, I apply this rule differently for work and leisure.

When I buy technology for leisure, I am very price conscious. I think twice before I decide to buy something that I will use to entertain and to use as a hobby every now and then. At least, I look for cheaper deals.

However, my attitude for work related technologies is different. I do not bother with the price first. My first concern is 'will the product do what I want it to do?'. For example, I would not mind paying $2500-$3000 for a performance laptop that I will use everyday to work with as long as it does what I need it to do. Having said that I am not going to pay more than $3000 either because I know good enough alternatives do exist for less.

Regarding a cheaper iPad, I certainly cannot see a place for it on my workbench. I really don't know see how I can make use of it. The best application I saw for it in my line of business was a digital oscilloscope. The concept was great: small measurement tool with little cable clutter and little real estate requirements on the desk. Unfortunately, the bandwidth of the iPad application was quite limited and therefore it remained quite basic in terms of the functionality it offered. Since I also don't need to impress any execs or clients in a meeting room by showing off with the most recent model of an iPad as I flick through the pages of a marketing/sales presentation either, I cannot think of how I can make it useful for my work.

For leisure, I think I would buy a cheaper iPad. I don't need a huge RAM and a Quad processor for playing a few games, listening to music, browsing the web and watching videos etc. I don't even need a battery that will last for 10 hours. So why pay more?

 

 

Barbara Jorgensen
User Rank
Blogger
Re: I need to find out how it will be useful to me first
Barbara Jorgensen   3/2/2012 11:10:28 AM
NO RATINGS

Cryptoman: I agree. The iPad is a leisure device and as such consumers should buy it according to their wallet. I love TV and movies, but there is a point at which I balk at the expense of having them at my fingertips 24/7. Especially with the lifecycle of these products. The iPad2 will be a collector's item in a year or so.

My last major consumer expenditure was a 42-inch Sony LCD TV. That was more than 5 years ago. We still have it. The contrast isn't as good as newer TVs, but we've had the pleasure of using it for a long time. So far, I haven't regretted it.

_hm
User Rank
Supply Network Guru
Better and lower cost iPad
_hm   3/1/2012 8:50:58 PM
NO RATINGS

Cheaper may not be appropriate word to use. You may call it lower cost.

But important point is not cost but many more new features including siri, better display, faster with longer battery life, thunderbolt and many more.

100 million people will purchase it in 2012 if it is $249!

Jacob
User Rank
Supply Network Guru
Re: Better and lower cost iPad
Jacob   3/1/2012 11:19:57 PM
NO RATINGS
1 saves

Barbara, I think most of the peoples may prefer IPad for a lesser feature. For them rather than features, the Apple brand matters lots, especially for those outside US. Some debates are going on whether I pad has to be offer in smaller screen dimension or not. The smaller screen size can reduce the pricing factor, but compatibility/resolution for the images and apps may get affect.

t.alex
User Rank
Supply Network Guru
Re: Better and lower cost iPad
t.alex   3/2/2012 5:23:26 PM
NO RATINGS

I start thinking about the apps on appstore. How would Apple maintain compatability in terms of display ? Currently there are apps designed for iPhone screen and iPad screens (HD),

elctrnx_lyf
User Rank
Supply Network Guru
Re: Better and lower cost iPad
elctrnx_lyf   3/4/2012 3:46:08 AM
NO RATINGS

The cheaper would be definitely a very good option since this is just an leisure device for the entertainment. How much does the price will be reduce with the screen size reduction. Will there be any other feature reduction?

Barbara Jorgensen
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Better and lower cost iPad
Barbara Jorgensen   3/5/2012 12:37:34 PM
NO RATINGS

@electronyx: I would think the less expensive version would have less storage as well. But there are a lot efficiencies that can be gained in screen production--smaller screen mean bigger yield per glass panel. Since the display is the biggest component of the iPad--at the biggest cost--the savings are considerable.

Adeniji Kayode
User Rank
Supply Network Guru
Re: Better and lower cost iPad
Adeniji Kayode   3/8/2012 6:24:14 AM
NO RATINGS

Well, I heard and read it one time that when some devices start to come out in a lower price compared to when it first came out, there is a kind of reduction in the features in the cheaper versions

Anne
User Rank
Stock Keeper
Re: Better and lower cost iPad
Anne   3/11/2012 8:21:28 AM
NO RATINGS

Sure, the lower price iPad will have less features.  The are the price, the better the features.

WY
User Rank
Stock Keeper
Re: Better and lower cost iPad
WY   3/1/2012 11:26:57 PM
NO RATINGS

Are you sure that 100M people will buy iPad if it is substantially lower priced?  To be honest, are you assuming there are readily available 100M people with a lot of disposable income whose #1 priority is to get entertained and to feel satisfied by merely the ownership of an iPad?  I hope that consumers worldwide eventually come to some sanity and truly understand the value of an iPad.  It is not a computer, it is not food and water.  Instead of pushing the iPad to young kids, parents should spend quality time with the children or pay for a trip to let the kids explore the nature and to encourage the children to develop better inter-personal skills.  For the business travelers, wait for Win8 tablet and push the manufacturers to release truly thin (<10mm) and light (<2lbs) notebook PC with touch and apps capabilities.  For those who like to read books, get a black & white Kindle or Nook.  I am sure that your hands feel so much more relaxed with something weight only about half a pound.  For the younger adults and older folks, keep your minds and eyes open, many things (friends, mountain, river, sea, ...) in your surrounds are worthed your time to listen / see / touch.  Don't get too hung up on machines!

Bolaji Ojo
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Better and lower cost iPad
Bolaji Ojo   3/2/2012 12:54:56 AM
NO RATINGS

WY, You read my mind! Thank you.

WY
User Rank
Stock Keeper
Re: Better and lower cost iPad
WY   3/2/2012 3:03:21 AM
NO RATINGS

I did an experiment at the end of Mar2011, 3 weeks after iPad2 went on sale.  I went to Valley Fair Mall (the Apple Store in San Jose, CA) at 3:15am on Saturday.  At approx 4:15am, another fellow showed up.  At 8am in the morning, there were more than 100 people behind me.  I was the first one in the line of course.  The guards in charge of the line outside the Valley Fair Mall told me that the number of people were about the same everyday, regardless of the day of the week in the past 3 weeks. At around 8:15am, a lady started to distribute a ticket for every iPad / iPhone4 whoever inline wanted to purchase.  There were slightly more than 100 tickets.  White iPad2 with and without 3G were in short supply at the time.  The line was allowed to enter the Apple Store inside Valley Fair Mall at around 9am.

This was an experiment because 1) I bought the two white iPad2 for my friend (he is just a friend, and I had no intention to buy one for myself); 2) I wanted to find out how many insane people were (and still are) out there.  I believe that Apple has created a piece of US history: in the past 100 years, iPad should be the only consumer product whose function is limited (relative to a thin & light PC at about the same cost (including essential accessories like cover and USB Dongle), e.g. Tosihiba R7xx - 4 pounds and 6-hr battery time) yet after three weeks being on sales, there were at least 3000 (based on 246 stores in US) people waiting in line all over the country to buy it.  This may not be a history for US only.  The aggregrate total was so much larger if the eager buys at the Apple Stores across the world were included.  For a device that does not grant human being the ability to fly and yet the device offer limited functions (not best of class in all the functions except the touch response), so many thousands of people want to buy it, everyday.  It is a consumer electronics miracle made.

Barbara Jorgensen
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Better and lower cost iPad
Barbara Jorgensen   3/2/2012 11:03:32 AM
NO RATINGS

WY: You did something I have thought about doing for the same reason--an experiment--but I stopped doing camp-outs about 20 years ago. And those were for concert tickets. There hasn't yet been a device (for me) that is worth waiting up all night for or that I can't wait two weeks to buy. But that's just me. I applaud your experiment and thank you for sharing the experience.

On one hand, I find it to be a positive that people seem to have enough disposable income to do this. On the other hand, it makes me worry about the rabid consumerism many of us in the US display. You used the word "insane" and I tend to agree with you. You are also correct that it is a piece of history. As Mr. Spock would say: "Fascinating."

 

VIMALKUMAR
User Rank
Stock Keeper
cheaper iPad
VIMALKUMAR   3/2/2012 4:02:22 AM
NO RATINGS

For a few dollars less, even in a counry like India people may opt for an iPad if there are no features. I think people are fascinated by the features when they make the decision to buy iPad and though cost is an important factor it is not as important as features

baligeko
User Rank
Stock Keeper
iPad 2 will be cheaper
baligeko   3/2/2012 4:24:54 AM
NO RATINGS

When the iPad 3 comes out, the iPad 2, will drop in price.

This will also open up another consumer niche.

AAPL WIN, WIN, WIN.

FLYINGSCOT
User Rank
Supply Network Guru
sale sale sale
FLYINGSCOT   3/2/2012 4:30:53 AM
NO RATINGS

I reckon cheaper Ipads will fly ioff the shelves.  Apple will do very well with this device as it gets the Apple brand withing reach of more people,

Ariella
User Rank
Supply Network Guru
Re: sale sale sale
Ariella   3/2/2012 11:06:42 AM
NO RATINGS

@flyingscot I agree. It is one of the fundamental rules of economics that demand increases when prices fall.

JADEN
User Rank
Stock Keeper
Re: Will You Buy a Cheaper iPad?
JADEN   3/7/2012 10:57:31 PM
NO RATINGS

Cheaper iPad would likely find a receptive marketing if Apple finally release it, and this will further Apple tablet's dominance.

Adeniji Kayode
User Rank
Supply Network Guru
Re: Will You Buy a Cheaper iPad?
Adeniji Kayode   3/8/2012 6:25:42 AM
NO RATINGS

@JADEN, I agree with you, I know a lot of people that are ready to buy IPAD1 if the price would fall

Anne
User Rank
Stock Keeper
Re: Will You Buy a Cheaper iPad?
Anne   3/11/2012 8:26:09 AM
NO RATINGS

@ Jaden

Your are right, the lower price would have reception of the people that couldn't afford the high price ones and want to use iPad.  They shouldn't expect much features though it still an iPad from Apple, then they belong to the class of iPad user.

t.alex
User Rank
Supply Network Guru
Re: Will You Buy a Cheaper iPad?
t.alex   3/16/2012 8:18:43 PM
NO RATINGS

jaden, totally agree. This is the Apple's response to markets currently flooded with Android tablets.

Anne
User Rank
Stock Keeper
Re: Will You Buy a Cheaper iPad
Anne   3/11/2012 8:18:30 AM
NO RATINGS

Device with cheaper price usually come with low configurations like memory size, processor speed, storage size, etc.  For instance, there are laptop computers that are below $500 and some are far above this price, it all depend on the features. If I don't mind the storage capacity, the screen size, and the other features attached, I can buy a lower cost iPad.



More Blogs from Barbara Jorgensen
Electronics vendors are starting to use big-data in supply chain management, but they can do a lot more with the technology.
Electronics makers are looking to leverage the advantages of big-data in forecasting and demand planning. How successful will they be?
Like other catalogue distributors, Allied is moving beyond the catalogue model and taking the "multichannel" approach to distribution.
Manufacturers use software and data for varied purposes in supply chain management, but key goals such as visibility remain paramount.
Gartner envisions a world where tablets become the personal device of choice and PCs become a shared resource.

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EBN Dialogue / LIVE CHAT
EBN Dialogue enables you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Open to the entire EBN community of electronics supply chain experts, these conversations see ideas shared, comments made, and questions asked and answered in real time. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats. Stay tuned and join in!
Archived Dialogues
Live Chat 11/12: Examining the Cyberthreat to Supply Chains
The number of cyberattacks is on the rise and hackers are targeting the supply chain. Drew Smith, founder and CEO of InfoArmor, will be on hand to discuss the reality of today's threat landscape and what to do about it.
Live Chat 11/06: Enterprise Risks, Intellectual Property & Supply Chains
Enterprise risk management (ERM) frameworks can be useful to identify, assess, and manage intellectual property (IP) risks that arise in supply chain compliance. We'll look at real-world examples and strategies for mitigating those risks.
Latest Poll
EBN Newswire
SINGAPORE AND SAN FRANCISCO   11/20/2014
Menlo Logistics Keen to Build on 2014 Growth in South Asia
Twitter Feed
EBN Online Twitter Feed