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.
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.
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
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, 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.
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!
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