Apple exec Phil Schiller has defended the dismayingly high price of the iPad, so it's sure to be a hit., saying it's cheaper than the hugely popular
Speaking to Reuters, the senior vice president of worldwide marketing said, "The iPad is far and away the most successful product in its category," going on to opine, "The most affordable product we've made so far was $399 and people were choosing that over those devices (such as the and )."
For Apple, it seems, the fact that the iPad rules the world of tablets is proof positive that a smaller version will be a sure-fire hit. "Now you can get a device that's even more affordable at $329 in this great new form," Schiller said. "And I think a lot of customers are going to be very excited about that."
The iPad mini has received some stick for arriving with a price tag that's considerably higher than that of the. The iPad mini starts at £269 in the UK, while the 7-inch Android alternative can be yours for just £160. That's not a fact that's gone over the heads of our readers, who in a recent poll.
Reading between the lines, Schiller's thinking seems to be that the iPad has so much momentum that the tech-buying masses will only see a cheaper model, and not that it's actually pretty pricey compared to other similarly sized tablets such as the.
There's no denying the full-size iPad rules the tablet roost -- Tim Cook and palsthat 91 per cent of all tablet web traffic came via the iPad.
It's worth bearing in mind, though, that when compared with the first wave of rival Android tablets that failed to make an impact, the iPad has actually always been competitively priced, with few decent alternatives measuring up price-wise.
Will the iPad mini enjoy the same success as its big brother? I've no doubt it'll be popular, but perhaps not quite as popular as it could be. Stick your predictions in the comments or on our Facebook wall.