Rumor: Stripped down iPad mini could be coming early 2012

Jos

TS Evangelist
With Amazon's Kindle Fire already set to dominate the budget end of the tablet market, Apple could be looking to compete with a "mini" version of its iconic iPad. It…

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mario

Ex-TS Developer
I definitely see Apple releasing a "stripped down" iPad at a ~$300 price. And as the article said, I'm certain that if they do it will be the same size.
 
G

Guest

Here we go again with the build up to another Apple launch...be careful not to disappoint...
 

gwailo247

TechSpot Chancellor
Since Apple prides itself on releasing one item with an optimized experience for that one item, how is a stripped down version going to work? They can take out cameras and GPSs and what not, but it it doesn't run the software as fast as other iPads, people will not be happy.
 

Julio Franco

TechSpot Editor
Staff member
I'm not too sure. Maybe things will change at Apple in the coming years but up until now they've mostly dedicated to offer premium products where margins are high. The only exception I can think of in recent years are iPods.
 

DokkRokken

TS Rookie
A move like this would 'cheapen' the brand and it'd lose its 'exclusivity.' Not to mention the fanbase would have a fit because anyone who doesn't shop at American Apparel could afford one.
 

gwailo247

TechSpot Chancellor
I still think they might put out a 7" tablet at that price. Jobs was the one who said he'll NEVER put out a tablet. Now that he's gone, they can go ahead and do it. A 10" tablet for $200 would be nice, but as people have pointed out, there would be no profit margin, and then everyone would buy one, and that would lessen the conspicuous consumption aspect of buying an Apple product in the first place.
 

GameJunkie72792

TS Maniac
Apple doesn't need to compete will Amazon. They have their market, they have their faithfuls.

Why make the brand seem cheap? It's Apple, it's expensive.

I will lose a little faith in Apple if they come out with a cheaper iPad.

I don't own one, I use an Android tablet, but I own several Macs and would hate to see them jump down just to compete.