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I agree, especially considering that the iPhone opens at $199 with a new contract. For me, $329 is too much given the alternatives. I'll pay the Mac-charge, but not that much. At $250, I would have been giving at least one mini as a Christmas present, but not at $329.
"Need to" is pretty subjective. Chances that Apple doesn't make zilly dollars from this are zero.
iPad with retina display (aka iPad 4): $499
iPad 2: $399
iPad mini: $329
iPod Touch 5th gen (4 in retina display, 32GB): $299
iPod Touch 4th gen (3.5 in 16GB): $199
I'm surprised they didn't keep the iPad 3 and price it at $429, or maybe introduce a 16GB iPod Touch 5th gen and price it at $229.
Is it just me or is this getting a bit ridiculous?
Nope. I'll take 1 of each!
$329 is an awful price, how do you justify it?
Fantastic. I own the first iPad, and it's time to pick up its "Little Brother" -- mainly because I want some of the features they have added since the first incarnation.
This post was edited by Giant Moose 18 months ago
Wow, you want to up the iPad mini from 16GB to 64GB, then you have to pay $200 more? You could do that on a Nexus 7 for $30-40. I still don't understand that type of pricing from Apple, it's a complete ass raping with the price of flash memory cards these days. And the Nexus 7 has a higher resolution screen.
Price seems fine to me. Was going to pick this up as long as it stayed under $350.
I have some extra time on my hands so I watched the presentation. One part was clearly aimed at the Kindle Fire HD and others at the google nexus 7. Apple sees these as competition into their market. Both are $199 and selling well. So apple releases a comparable size that doesn't do anything that different than take photos. They should have kept the iPod touch at $199 and put the mini at $249. Instead both the new touch and mini are way over priced.
It is basically an iPod Touch - it has a bigger screen than an iPod touch, therefore more expansive than an iPod Touch.
Am i the only one that thinks having a camera on the iPad is a fairly worthless feature?
I can see having the front facing camera for skype or facetime, but I've never found a use for the main camera on my iPad 2. Seems like a wasted feature to me.
Man, Steve Jobs was the P.T. Barnum of our generation.
Yeah, he is also rolling in his grave. He would have hated the iPad Mini.
When we were in Ludington and TC last month I saw a ton of people using iPads as cameras.
but people will still buy them so why should Apple sell them for lower?
The iPod touch is over priced at $299, the 4th generation was $199. At least the new touch can double as a camera. It is a great device for families on a budget. It has a purpose. The iPad mini is just a budget iPad.
THANK YOU BASED JOBS!!!
remember that the interesting thing is that both the kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7 at 199 are actually "loss-leaders"..... in the sense both companies make a loss on the actual mini tablets but then try to make money from the add ons such as the apps ect....
that never has really been the apple way so I am not surprised... would have been nice to come out at 250-300.... but 329 isn't the worst in the world....
I don't see why anyone would buy an ipod touch now instead of an ipad mini as it stands at the moment... so i think the touch price will drop eventually.....
I don't really see how spending $300 on an iPod Touch makes any sense when you can get an iPad mini for $30 more or get the 4th gen iPod Touch for $50-$100 less.
On the other hand, I don't really see the point of owning an MP3 player as large as the iPod touch. I already have a smartphone, so if I'm buying a separate MP3 player, it's going to be small (like the Nano).
Families on a budget don't need to be buying fucking Apple products.
Well nobody needs to be buying Apple products, but let's not derail this thread.
I don't disagree that it could be looked at as a "budget" iPad.
The iPad mini will sell well to parents especially with Christmas around the corner. Kids love iPads, and parents can justify a ~$300ish device a lot easier than a ~$400 device. Plus kids hands are smaller so the iPad mini is better there for them, too.
I've seen people using them as cameras too, but I always wonder to myself "why not just use your phone"?
I would guess that most people carrying around an iPad have an iPhone or some other fully functional smartphone in their pocket.
Also, when I'm on vacation I'm using an actual real deal camera that takes good photos. I saw people in Rome last fall taking photos of the Trevi fountain with their iPad.
Also for the all the fuss apple makes about their retina displays, the mini did not get one. Sounds like it will be 1024x768 stretched over a larger screen. The competition has screens at 1280 x 800.
Go to a kids recital sometime and you'll see more parents recording w their ipads than handheld video cameras.
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