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CES 2013: Apple Shadow Looms Large
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stevew928
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stevew928,
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1/12/2013 | 6:11:58 PM
re: CES 2013: Apple Shadow Looms Large
Baloney! IF Apple would make such a move, I'd know it's the beginning of the end. It's more likely, this is what some of the "industry experts" THINK Apple should be doing... as they have now for decades... and Apple would have been gone if they had followed this foolish "advice" over the years.

The big thing about the iPad mini is the form factor, not the price. If people want cheap, they buy an Android tablet (which then often ends up in the gadget shoe box after the novelty wears off). And, no, the iPhone's appeal hasn't slipped. Take a look at mobile browser statistics someday. Android is 'outselling' because it's now included on any random piece of junk and probably even some refrigerators. It's a 'who cares' kind of thing.

Yes, I'm sure Apple wants to tap into those markets, but that's not the way.
melgross
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melgross,
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1/10/2013 | 12:59:56 PM
re: CES 2013: Apple Shadow Looms Large
This isn't entirely true. First if all, a price of $99-$149 isn't possible by merely substituting polycarbonate and some older parts. $350 might be a more attainable goal if performance could remain at older levels.

Secondly, the iPhone has been gaining marketshare around the world. When Apple and China Mobile come to an agreement, then iPhone marketshare will rise more. In the USA, the iPhone is at least half of all smartphone sales, going by the sales from the carriers. Once T-Mobile begins to officially sell them, those numbers will rise too.

But it's true that in third world countries such as India, Indonesia, China, Brazil and others, a cheaper phone is needed. But it shouldn't compete with the cheapest, as that isn't Apple's reputation. If they come up with a medium priced model at that $350 point, it should suffice.


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