Phil Schiller Defends $329 Price Tag for the iPad Mini

Posted October 24, 2012 at 8:02pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 48815 views

Phil Schiller defends the $329 starting price tag for the iPad mini in comments made to Reuters.

Google's Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD start at $199 so Apple has priced its smaller tablet at quite a premium over its rivals.

Reuters asked Phil Schiller, Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing at Apple, whether it could be too expensive for cost-conscious shoppers.

"The iPad is far and away the most successful product in its category. The most affordable product we've made so far was $399 and people were choosing that over those devices," Schiller said.

"And now you can get a device that's even more affordable at $329 in this great new form, and I think a lot of customers are going to be very excited about that," Schiller said.

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Alex Richards - October 28, 2012 at 9:49pm
$329 is a little too high of a price to be competing with other 7" tablets. And it's not like the iPad mini is way superior in performance than the rest. It's pretty much the same. Also, I didn't like how he said "I think people will be excited about that". What if he's wrong and people won't be that excited once they get to play with it first hand? I'm not saying that it sucks, because I haven't messed with it. It would be unfair for me to say that. - October 28, 2012 at 5:03pm
Go, go, go
ATV3SUX - October 25, 2012 at 7:23pm
There is an up-side. When it gets jailbroken, people can get the iPad-to-iPhone conversion from cydia and finally have the iPhone bigger than the S III. No more complains about iPhone size vs. Samsung size.
European - October 25, 2012 at 4:51pm
In Germany for example the iPad mini starts at 329€ including 19% sales tax AND a two year warranty by law. With today's exchange rate it's about $ 426. Don't complain about 329$!
Gary - October 25, 2012 at 5:11pm
everything in Europe has to be more expensive to pay for most expensive in the world russian gas and oil but Apple should not fund russian warfares with their pricing
Apple fan - October 25, 2012 at 4:35pm
Fuck that, I hope this iPad mini FAILS. And they are FORCED to lower the price. I can buy a refurbished iPad for cheap too if I wanted a cheaper iPad. However apple FANBOYS are going to line up like idiots to buy this P.O.S.
spectorga - October 28, 2012 at 5:05pm
Hey, I can afford it, so I'll buy it because I LIKE the product. $100 difference won't break me in my life time. If you are so cost conscience, shut up and go find a better job.
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