Now that we have seen Apple launch their new iPhone 6 models, attention is turning towards a possible iPad 6 and iPad mini 3 tablet release in October 2014. These will be the next big launches from Apple, other than new Macs/Apple TV devices, and today we wanted to touch on iPad 6 and mini 3 price expectations.
Both of the above tablets have received a lot of rumors and while the leaks don’t compare to what we normally see before an iPhone launch, there’s very little information in regard to specifications and what the price point could be.
The iPhone 6 has the thinnest form factor yet, so we would imagine at least the iPad Air 2 (aka iPad 6th generation) would become thinner as well. The new iPhones also feature Apple’s new A8 chip and we’d expect this to be a possible feature within the iPad 6.
We would also see some sapphire crystal used within certain parts of the iPad 6 and iPad mini 3, as we’ve seen with the new iPhone models. The Touch ID will also almost certainly be coming to both the new iPads, and this is thanks to Apple pushing Touch ID with iOS 8 apps.
How will all the new features and specs impact Apple’s price of iPad mini 3 and iPad 6/Air 2? Apple normally tries to keep price increases to a minimum, or in the best cases they will aim to not increase the price at all. This will be the aim from starting the design process and then right the way through to production of iPad 6 and mini 3.
Each year it’s likely certain standard components reduce in price with technology moving so fast, although they can increase under certain circumstances. Personally, we’d expect the new iPad prices to remain the same thanks to it being a bad marketing move to keep raising the prices. This also results in lost business if the competition keep pricing low, even with Apple’s massive dedicated following.
Apple has kept to a long tradition of launching new products with enhanced specs and prices the same. At the very least, they increase each year slightly with inflation, but of course this could change in 2014 with iPad 6 and iPad mini 3.
The iPad Air is currently priced from $499 on the US Apple Store for a 16GB Wi-Fi model. This price climbs quickly to $929 for a 128GB Wi-Fi and Cellular model, although there’s discounts with certain phone networks in the UK and US, but this would involve contracts.
Apple’s iPad mini with Retina display costs from $399 for a 16GB Wi-Fi only model, although again this will climb to $829 for a 128GB version with both Cellular and Wi-Fi. Again, we are expecting these prices to remain the same and not increase this year but you will benefit from improved specs. The older models might still be for sale on 3rd party sites, or even with Apple at a reduced cost if you want something cheaper with less specs.
Are you considering an upgrade to iPad 6 or iPad mini 3? Do you feel the price expectations for these new iPads is realistic, or are you expecting something different? If Apple decide to push the prices up when compared to current models, how much extra would you pay? Leave your comments in the area below.