By Cody Lee on Dec 26, 2013
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has been fined 20 million New Taiwan dollars, or roughly $670,000 USD, by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission for interfering with mobile service providers and handset distributors’ pricing.
The Commission found Apple guilty of violating article 18 of the country’s Fair Trade Act after discovering emails from the Cupertino company to Taiwan’s three main service providers, telling them how much their iPhones should sell for… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2013
Now that you know Apple has a new full-sized tablet, which it’s interestingly decided to call the ‘iPad Air,’ and new iPad mini with Retina display, most of us have two questions on our minds: how much? And when can I get one?
While it looks like the new iPad Air is going to be available within a couple of weeks, there’s no concrete launch date yet for the second generation mini. We’ve posted all of the pricing and availability details for both tablets after the fold… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Sep 10, 2013
This is it. Apple finally unveiled the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c without much surprise to anyone who’s been following the rumors for a while. We’ve already posted about the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c pricing and availability but we thought it’d be worth having a post dedicated to these devices’ prices off-contract.
So far, looking at Apple’s website, only T-Mobile will be offering unlocked and contract-free iPhones from day one, starting September 20th. If history is any indication of the future, chances are other carriers such as AT&T will later offer the devices without a contact, and unlocked for use on other carriers.
But let’s have a look at the prices of contract-free iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 10, 2013
Apple’s more affordable iPhone 5c is official now. Having already provided a quick laundry list of iPhone 5c features, we’re now left with the two crucial questions: when exactly is the iPhone 5c scheduled to go on sale and how much will it set you back? Don’t worry, iDB has you covered. The full launch details, pre-orders, pricing and availability information is right after the break… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 10, 2013
Now that you know all about the new iPhone 5s, the next two questions are: “when can I get it?” and “how much is it going to cost me?” As far as price goes, Apple has stuck with its usual scheme: the 5s will start at $199 for the 16GB model with a two-year carrier contract. And availability will depend on where you live.
It appears that Apple will not be putting this handset up for pre-order like it has in year’s past, but it will be available in-stores on September 20. Note that this initial launch group now includes China, which is pretty significant considering that it doesn’t typically get new Apple products until several months after launch. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 28, 2013
As you know, Apple gives its iOS developers the freedom to choose pricing of their wares on the App Store, keeping 30 percent of the proceeds to itself. But rather than let a developer price an app at fifteen cents, for example, Apple offers a bunch of tiers. This also means localized versions of apps carried on international App Stores are priced differently to reflect a rough conversion of the U.S. prices.
Seeking to better align with the pricing structure in the U.S. App Store, Apple has now introduced alternate tiers for international App Stores so developers can price their software in .99 increments in the country’s native currency… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2013
A brand new SKU (Stock-Keeping Unit) in the full-size iPad lineup that one blog obtained from retail sources suggested that Apple’s readying to add a new top-of-the-line fourth-generation iPad model with 128 gigabytes of storage. The development corroborates an earlier finding of code hooks in iTunes 11 and iOS 6.1 that points to the new 128GB full-size iPad model. And now, the same publication that leaked the 128GB SKU claims to have pinpointed the prices for this “Ultimate” iPad model… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2013
What should the rumored budget iPhone cost and how low could Apple price it without sacrificing its industry-leading profits? Jean-Louis Gassée, a former executive at Apple, where he worked from 1981 to 1990, ran some numbers on his Monday Note blog to try and make sense of the idea. The crux: there’s no way Apple could make a compelling, inexpensive device sporting today’s hardware encased in a less exquisite (dare I say, plasticky?) body without sacrificing its powerful margins.
Should the Cupertino, California company in fact pursue the low-cost iPhone, the move will be remembered as the augur of a new era of lower Apple margins and as such likely signals a new brutal phase in the Smartphone Wars… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 30, 2012
When Microsoft unveiled the Surface, its first in-house foray into the tablet market, back in June, it said that it would consist of two versions: a lower-end RT model built on ARM’s architecture, and a Pro model powered by Intel.
The RT version officially launched in October, in 32GB and 64GB flavors priced at $499 and $699 respectively, and has thus far seen modest sales. And last night, Microsoft finally divulged some information about the Surface Pro… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 5, 2012
While Apple offers unlocked iPhone 5s in Canada and other countries, it has yet to give buyers inside the US that option. So unless you go through a third party vendor, you can’t get an unlocked iPhone 5 here in the States.
That could be changing in the near future though. Purported prices for unlocked versions of the new handset have been discovered hidden on Apple’s US website, which could mean that they’re preparing to roll them out… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 26, 2012
You had to know this was coming: during the Q&A portion of Apple’s conference call yesterday, analysts grilled Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer about the higher-than-expected pricing on the iPad mini.
As you would expect, the two defended the tablet’s $329 price tag, stating that they didn’t want to build a small, cheap tablet. “iPad mini is a fantastic product; it’s not a compromise like the other 7-inch tablets.” Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2012
With so many people seemingly disappointed that the iPad mini starts at $329 rather than $249 or even $199, we polled you ahead of the announcement on the price and only seven percent thought only Apple could get away with pricing the device at $329. And yesterday, in another poll more than forty percent said they would be getting one (more than half would opt for the entry-level WiFi-only model).
No question some people will go for a Nexus 7 or Amazon’s Kindle Fire because not everyone can afford a $300+ tablet. But why exactly Apple didn’t make a sub-$300 iPad? According to supply chain sources, low yields for touch screens are to blame… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2012
Pundits were flabbergasted when Apple didn’t price the iPad mini at $199 to go for the kill. At $329, the iPad mini is a $130 more than seven-inch tablets from Google and Amazon, both starting at just $199. Furthermore, Amazon’s 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD with a higher-resolution display than the iPad mini is still thirty bucks cheaper than Apple’s gizmo.
On the other hand, Apple is good at these things and it’s outrages to assume the company somehow got the price wrong. Analysts are convinced the $329 iPad mini is an absolute homerun. Certainly the device does appear to protect Apple’s price umbrella by making the iPad more enticing to budget shoppers while forcing rivals to scrape the bottom of the barrel. Taking it all in, would you buy an iPad mini at Apple’s current price points? Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2012
I have long insisted that Android people (lots of them, but not all) aren’t accustomed to pay for quality because Google envision Android as an ad-supported ecosystem, an extension of its business philosophy on the web. Some Apple fans were taken aback when Apple priced the iPad mini at $329 rather than $249 or even $199. While analysts believe the current price defends the iPad ecosystem from above and have no doubt the gizmo will be a smash hit, Apple’s head honcho of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller went on the record to defend the iPad mini’s price tag, here’s what came out of him… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 23, 2012
Well it’s finally happened folks. After years of speculation and anticipation, Apple has announced the iPad mini. As expected, it has a 7.9-inch display, front and back cameras, and an LTE option.
Phil Schiller just announced that pre-orders for the tablet start this Friday, October 26th. And the Wi-Fi only versions will start shipping November 2nd, and + cellular models a week later.
So what’s Apple going to charge for this thing? Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 20, 2012
As Apple’s October 23 media event inches closer, pieces regarding what the company may announce are starting to fall into place. The company is expected to unveil a slew of new and refreshed products, including an “iPad mini.”
Not much is known about the smaller tablet, outside of what it may or may not look like and what sounds like a November 2nd release date. But a new report is out today that claims to fill in at least one important blank: pricing… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2012
As Microsoft is gearing up to launch its highly-anticipated Surface tablet next Friday, October 26 (just three days following Apple’s iPad mini keynote), the company began teasing the public with the first Surface commercial Cody told you about. And now, the Windows maker has officially revealed price points for the tablet: the ARM-based entry-level Surface RT will start at $499 for the 32GB model, the same asking price for Apple’s third-generation iPad with sixteen gigabytes of storage… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 15, 2012
According to a purported screenshot claiming to be from an internal system of a German retailer, the iPad mini could cost anywhere between €249 for the entry-level model to €649 for the top of the line model. This translates to $320 for the base model and $840 for the flagship one, although U.S. prices are likely to be lower because gadgets in Europe typically cost more due to a higher cost of doing business on the continent. In total, eight different models are said to be on offer… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 28, 2012
We know from before that countries like Russia, India and Brazil sell the most expensive iPhones in the world, both in relative and absolute terms. While the iPhone 5 is yet to launch in these markets (Apple plans to have the gizmo available in 100 countries across 240 carriers by year’s end), with today’s addition of 22 new countries the iPhone 5 is now officially available in 31 major territories around the world.
One thing becomes readily apparent just glancing at Apple’s localized online stores: the iPhone 5 prices vary depending on the region, based on local policies, taxes and other factors influencing price calculations… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2012
Instead of killing off the iPhone 3GS when a sixth-generation model arrives later this year, Apple is allegedly in the process of repricing the handset in order to better attend to its customers in emerging markets, where phones are often sold contract-free and used with pay-as-you-go plans.
According to Jefferies analys Peter Misek, Apple wants to sell its three-year old handset contract-free in developing markets for between $250 and $300 versus its current $375 no-contract asking price… Read More