re: iPad Mini: The Great Price Debate
Oh, the irony!
Apple did introduce one competitively priced product: the original iPad was introduced at $499.00; approximately half the expected price, and less than every tablet then in production or development. It was "back to the drawing boards" for everyone else.
The first iteration of the iPad mini, the Newton Message Pad, was 7.25" H x 4.50" W x 0.75" D, weighed 0.9 pounds, and sold for $699. The iPad mini is thinner, lighter, and costs half the price. The 20 Mhz ARM processor has been upgraded to a dual core A5 rumored to be 50 times as fast. The 4 MB ROM has been upgraded to a 16 GB SSD. The optional 9,600 baud modem has been replaced with an optional LTE cellular package.
The Message pad did have two "advantages" that all Apple haters would approve of: It was powered by removable AAA batteries, and came with a stylus.
Sorry, Apple! The Message Pad was judged to be "too big for normal pockets", and the iPad mini is taller and wider. One third the thickness is not good enough. Didn't Palm teach you anything?