Bitterwallet Christmas Poll – what price Apple’s iSlate?

December 27th, 2009 14 Comments By Paul Smith

More rumours admittedly, but they’re enough to make this blessed time of celebrating Christ’s birth even more special. The Apple tablet could be announced as early as the end of next month and Techcrunch has uncovered evidence that a particular domain name has been bought up by third party firms and shell companies associated with Apple over the past three years, all of which suggests the name of the long-awaited device will be the iSlate. Maybe.

But how much would Apple want from your wallet for such a gadget? If it’s to fall between the price of an iPod Touch and an entry level MacBook, then it would cost around $600 (probably at least £400 for UK customers) which prices it well above plenty of netbooks. But then a £400 price tag wouldn’t surprise anybody since Apple products are renowned for costing more than competing models – although in this case, there aren’t any established mainstream models to compete with, so Jobs can create his own market and name his price.

However high the price, plenty of people will fork out for the iSlate – assuming it will be launched at all – but how much would you hand over for one? That’s the subject of our Bitterwallet Christmas poll, folks. Put the Pringles down and vote:

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  1. Posted by barry December 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    There is no way Apple is going to sell something that is more than an iphone for less than an iphone (quite rightly), so this is >£500 – silly question really, (also it will probably be called ibook).

  2. yeah when iphones cost the retailer well in excess of £300 why would the tablet be any cheaper !!

  3. Posted by Mark M December 27, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Exactly, it’ll never be £300 or anywhere close.

    If it has 3g built in, which is in the rumours, then it’ll be £599.99 which is still cheaper than the cheapest MacBook that is out there.

    However, if it doesn’t run full OS X, and only runs the OS X Mobile, then it’ll be as boring as my iPhone is already to me (is there an app for getting over how boring it is?)

    Will I buy one… probably… I’m itching for a new gadget and my BB9700 did not suffice the urge!


  4. Posted by Drunkmonkey December 27, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Where’s dsg gone?

  5. Posted by Andy December 27, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    No doubt it will be over 500 quid, which is too much for me.

  6. The question wasn’t how much do you think the tablet will be, but how much would you be prepared to pay. I guess the deciding factor for me is 3G – without it, I probably wouldn’t be prepared to pay anymore than £400.

  7. Posted by Amanda Hugginnkiss December 27, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    “how much would you be prepared to pay”

    £0.00 (nought pounds & naughty nought pence)

  8. Posted by Kevin December 27, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I’d want to see the size, details and abilities before saying what I’d be willing to pay, especially as I’ll need to buy a new iphone when the next edition comes out in July/August (contract runs out in Feb and I don’t want to upgrade to the 3GS when the next one is due soonish).

    Probably £400 though?

    But it’s much more likely to be over £600 which is too much for most people unless it is exceptionally good

  9. Posted by Steve December 27, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    If, and it’s a big IF, the iSlate is really going to be released a big question is going to be what, exactly, Apple are going to market it as. If it’s just a bigger iPod then no, I won’t be buying it. My iPod Touch does everything I need it to do quite happily and a bigger screen doesn’t really add anything. However if it’s a 10″ screen running a cut down version of iWorks on top of the iPhone OS that can genuinely be an alternative to a high-end netbook… that’s very tempting indeed. 3G isn’t necessary at all so long as it’s got wireless access, if you need on-the-go conectivity just get yourself a mi-fi.

  10. Posted by xman December 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    What I hear from apple people is that there is definitely something coming and that it’s price will be much lower than people expect – they seem to be aiming for big penetration into the education market so it has to be low cost. I definitely need a bigger screen than my iPhone for some things but I don’t need the whole desktop palaver most of the time either so the postulated device sounds perfect to me.

  11. It doesn’t have to be good. Whatever it’s called, it’ll have an “i” at the start of it so people will buy it.

  12. Look at the above URL for some insight

    “WiFi, Bluetooth, UMTS/HSDPA, and A-GPS on the wireless front and connectivity via USB, HDMI, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The most important thing is still that display, though, whose efficiency leads to the unnamed device boasting 48 hours of battery standby juice, also good for 8 hours of HD video playback or 16 hours of WiFi”

    This battery life is achieved by matching TEGRA chipset with a ARM cpu instead of a x86 CPU


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  14. Posted by Avro January 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    “But then a £400 price tag wouldn’t surprise anybody since Apple products are renowned for costing more than competing models”

    The statement really true though is it. While it is true that you could get “a computer” for less than a Mac, it would not be of the same quality as the Mac. Certainly you can buy “a car” for less than a BMW, but a Kia is not a BMW. That is why Macs routinely top the “Best Buy” categories of Which? and Consumer Reports.

    My Mac Pro comes in well under the price of competing Dells and HPs.

    One-on-One Xeon Action
    Apple Mac Pro

    2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5500 “Nehalem” processor
    Mac OS X 10.5.6
    3GB DDR3 1066MHz ECC SDRAM (3 DIMMS)
    Four full-length PCIe 2.0 slots
    640GB hard drive
    18x double-layer DVD+/-RW
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512MB
    Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
    Four internal 3.5-inch HDD bays
    Two external 5.25-inch optical bays
    Gigabit Ethernet
    Seven USB 2.0 ports (two on keyboard)
    Four FireWire 800 ports
    Optical digital-audio I/O TOSLINK ports
    Price as configured: $2,499

    Dell Precision T5500
    2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5500 “Nehalem” processor
    Windows Vista Ultimate Service Pack 1
    3GB DDR3 1333MHz ECC SDRAM (3 DIMMS)
    Two full-length PCIe 2.0 slots
    Two half-length PCIe slots
    One half-length 64-bit/100MHz PCI-X slot
    One full-length 32-bit/33MHz PCI slot
    500GB hard drive
    16X DVD+/-RW
    NVIDIA Quadro NVS 295 256MB
    Two internal 3.5-inch HDD bays
    Two external 5.25-inch optical bays
    One external 3.5″ flex bay
    Gigabit Ethernet
    Eight external USB 2.0 ports
    Three internal USB 2.0 ports
    Two FireWire 400 ports (with PCIe card)
    One eSATA port on back panel
    Price as configured: $3,630

    Same is true for laptops

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