1. ModeratorOMD's Avatar
    Wait. So usually, when Apple sells the iPhone and iPad... the newest version is at the same price point as its always been, and the previous versions get drops, but with MacBooks, the older versions stay the same price and the newest version gets more expensive?

    Let me think. The "standard configuration" is also last year's model. So if you got the current model, it would be more expensive than it was at the same time last year.

    The price of older models don't matter to me. I just want to know, for iPads, iPhones, and MacBooks, is it a guarantee that you can buy an iPhone at the "standard iPhone price point" every year no matter what?
    07-04-2012 06:43 PM
  2. Guacho's Avatar
    please pass that bong over here when you're done
    Where is the " nominate this post for the 2012 post of the year " button ????
    07-04-2012 07:13 PM
  3. Eileen89's Avatar
    Where is the " nominate this post for the 2012 post of the year " button ????
    Found that button you were looking for. It's FREE too!!

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    07-04-2012 08:49 PM
  4. ItnStln's Avatar
    Just because iPhones are sold at Walmart, Target, Cricket & other "low end" carriers, as you put it, why would Apple want to raise the price and risk losing customers to Android and Windows Mobile? It amazes me how some people are afraid of the term "low end / low budget" and Apple cashes in on that fear, too. For example, with the exception of storage space, there is absolutely no difference between the iPhone 4S 16, 32 & 64 GB models and yet, there are people out there who will go out of their way to not get the 16 Gig model simply because it is touted as the base / budget model. Having said that, is it your belief that the iPhone has been rendered cheap because it is now sold by "low end" carriers?


    Just Me, D
    (iPhone 4S)
    People would still buy it because of the brand. If Abercrombie & Fitch raised their prices, people would still shop there.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk
    07-04-2012 10:14 PM
  5. ModeratorOMD's Avatar
    It could go up to $3000 for an iPhone, and people would still line up in the droves to buy it.
    07-05-2012 01:26 AM
  6. Peligro911's Avatar
    It could go up to $3000 for an iPhone, and people would still line up in the droves to buy it.
    Haha it better cook clean and put out for that price


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    07-05-2012 01:35 AM
  7. Speedygi's Avatar
    Lol are your eyes still watery from all that smoke? I wouldn't even pay a thousand for a new phone, and certainly not an Iphone. Puleeeeze...
    07-05-2012 11:56 AM
  8. ModeratorOMD's Avatar
    Back in 2004, would you ever have thought you'd ever pay $899 for a phone?
    07-05-2012 02:04 PM
  9. Fausty82's Avatar
    Wait. So usually, when Apple sells the iPhone and iPad... the newest version is at the same price point as its always been, and the previous versions get drops, but with MacBooks, the older versions stay the same price and the newest version gets more expensive?

    Let me think. The "standard configuration" is also last year's model. So if you got the current model, it would be more expensive than it was at the same time last year.

    The price of older models don't matter to me. I just want to know, for iPads, iPhones, and MacBooks, is it a guarantee that you can buy an iPhone at the "standard iPhone price point" every year no matter what?
    Standard configuration is NOT last year's model. There are processor speed increases, memory speed increases and USB 3. And it's still the same $2200 price...

    By "standard configuration" all I meant was the NON-RETINA model. And you can get the lowest-spec'ed RETINA model for the same $2200 price... so pure and simple, you were wrong.
    07-05-2012 02:40 PM
  10. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Back in 2004, would you ever have thought you'd ever pay $899 for a phone?
    Heck, I still have yet to pay that much for a phone.


    Just Me, D
    (iPhone 4S)
    07-05-2012 02:48 PM
  11. BLiNK's Avatar
    Found that button you were looking for. It's FREE too!!

    in case you did not get the memo, i cannot be banned. sorry
    07-05-2012 02:50 PM
  12. ModeratorOMD's Avatar
    Standard configuration is NOT last year's model. There are processor speed increases, memory speed increases and USB 3. And it's still the same $2200 price...

    By "standard configuration" all I meant was the NON-RETINA model. And you can get the lowest-spec'ed RETINA model for the same $2200 price... so pure and simple, you were wrong.

    Well, then I wonder why there's such a mark up on the retina screen of a Macbook when iPhones and iPads have gotten them without any sort of price increase.

    You can always get the newest iPad at $499. Good to know. Hmm.. The later, the better.
    07-05-2012 04:23 PM
  13. TiNuts's Avatar
    It's not just the retina screen. It's also the jump to an ssd hard drive. Plus other things I'm sure.

    And if you look at other pro-level laptops comparable to a mbp, the mbps aren't that expensive.
    07-05-2012 06:25 PM
  14. Phil DeLong's Avatar
    My eyes are rolling so hard I think I can see my brain. OP, your post reeks of elitism. Who really cares if the iPhone is on so called "low end carriers"? If that diminishes the value of it in your eyes you need a serious reevaluation of your life. It's a freaking phone for Pete's sake. If, and it's a huge IF, the iPhone ever reaches prices that high, it'll be because of people like you, who clearly only buy the iPhone for your perceived image of what it means to have one.

    If my carrier or Apple tried to make me pay $2,000 for a phone I would laugh my a** all the way over to the Android counter.
    07-05-2012 06:42 PM
  15. ModeratorOMD's Avatar
    There's really no such thing as a "low end carrier" but I just think the iPhone is becoming too generic. And I could start another topic on this, but it won't be long before Apple loses the trademark on that. Just like Kleenex and Band Aid lost theirs. and iPhones used to be like ... diamonds amongst dust. You'd always heard about the iPhone, but you would hardly ever see one.

    But now that pretty much anybody can get one, I think a price increase is in order. Maybe a new marketing approach. It doesn't necessarily harm the image, but it makes it seem less valuable.
    Last edited by motoleo; 07-05-2012 at 08:02 PM.
    07-05-2012 08:00 PM
  16. Fausty82's Avatar
    There's really no such thing as a "low end carrier" but I just think the iPhone is becoming too generic. And I could start another topic on this, but it won't be long before Apple loses the trademark on that. Just like Kleenex and Band Aid lost theirs. and iPhones used to be like ... diamonds amongst dust. You'd always heard about the iPhone, but you would hardly ever see one.

    But now that pretty much anybody can get one, I think a price increase is in order. Maybe a new marketing approach. It doesn't necessarily harm the image, but it makes it seem less valuable.
    What a freaking load of elitist arrogance. I now understand all I need to understand here. SMH
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    07-05-2012 09:48 PM
  17. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    What a freaking load of elitist arrogance. I now understand all I need to understand here. SMH
    Yep and it was confirmed in post #6.


    Just Me, D
    (iPhone 4S)
    07-05-2012 10:19 PM
  18. Eileen89's Avatar
    Yep and it was confirmed in post #6.


    Just Me, D
    (iPhone 4S)
    For me, it was confirmed in the very first post, lol.

    http://forums.imore.com/1888908-post1.html
    07-05-2012 10:25 PM
  19. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    For me, it was confirmed in the very first post, lol.

    http://forums.imore.com/1888908-post1.html
    I stand corrected...(laughing)


    Just Me, D
    (iPhone 4S)
    07-05-2012 10:28 PM
  20. Peligro911's Avatar
    Geez would someone close this already it a never ending battle no matter how wrong the op is lol


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    07-06-2012 02:48 AM
  21. ModeratorOMD's Avatar
    I know how far people are willing to go for an iPhone. Also, the iPhone isn't just a phone. It's a notepad, a camera, a handheld gaming device, a computer, calculator, a television, a sketchpad.

    Making phone calls is the very least of its abilities.
    07-06-2012 06:15 AM
  22. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I know how far people are willing to go for an iPhone.
    There are people who will risk a great deal to own an iPhone but there are also a great deal of people who could care less about it.
    Also, the iPhone isn't just a phone. It's a notepad, a camera, a handheld gaming device, a computer, calculator, a television, a sketchpad.

    Making phone calls is the very least of its abilities.
    You've just described a "smartphone" of which an iPhone is just one of many. Listen, thank you for starting this thread and I respect you for holding firm to your views, however, there comes a time when you've got to realize that not everyone share your experiences and/or opinions and the best thing to do is to acknowledge it and let it be. Just some friendly advice, my friend. . Take care and have a great day.




    Just Me, D
    (iPhone 4S)
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    07-06-2012 08:31 AM
  23. pilsbury's Avatar
    Some of the responses in this thread are great. It would, however, not be in Apple Inc's best interest to raise the price any higher than they currently are. Considering the ever increasing amount of Android platform phones out there now.
    07-06-2012 10:01 AM
  24. cardfan's Avatar
    I think the OP doesn't realize how much Apple already charges for iphones. The only way prices go up is if the carriers stop subsidizing as much. In that regard, you can bet carriers aren't rolling back upgrade dates any more. It'll be interesting to see if anyone who bought a 4S is actually upgrade eligible for an iphone 5.

    As it is, the iphone 5 would have to be a heck of an update to pay more than upgrade price. The new connector and form factor would mean more purchases of accessories in my case.
    07-06-2012 10:59 AM
  25. Fausty82's Avatar
    I think the OP doesn't realize how much Apple already charges for iphones. The only way prices go up is if the carriers stop subsidizing as much. In that regard, you can bet carriers aren't rolling back upgrade dates any more. It'll be interesting to see if anyone who bought a 4S is actually upgrade eligible for an iphone 5.

    As it is, the iphone 5 would have to be a heck of an update to pay more than upgrade price. The new connector and form factor would mean more purchases of accessories in my case.
    rabbitTrail
    If the carriers stop subsidizing the cost of the phones, there's no need to roll up/back contract dates. The carriers want you under contract because they can't/don't/won't truly compete on the basis of service... so they lock you in for a fixed period of time. The length of those contracts are set by the carriers to allow them to recoup the cost of the subsidization, as well as turn a profit. If they stop subsidizing the cost fo the phones, the only reason for contracts will be because of their insecurity as competitors in the open market. But there will be no subsidization cost to recover, and no need to move/modify/adjust contract renewal dates.
    /rabbitTrail
    07-06-2012 11:25 AM
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