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Apple is likely introducing cheaper models in an effort to gain a larger customer base

Apple introduced a new, stripped-down member to the iPod touch family recently -- which you might have missed if you weren't paying close attention to Apple's online store. 

Apple added a 16GB iPod touch for $229. The new version loses a few features found in the latest generation of the iPod touch family, such as the rear-facing 1080p camera and the assortment of colors (this new version only comes in black and silver).

However, the 16GB device does still hold key features like the 4-inch Retina display, the dual-core A5 chip, 720p front-facing camera, and even the Apple EarPods. 

If you can't do without the rear-facing camera or the pretty colors, there's the 32GB version for $299 or the 64GB version for $399. 

Apple is likely introducing cheaper models in an effort to gain a larger customer base and compete with its main rival -- the Android-powered Samsung. 

Apple was also likely looking to fill the price gap between the $149 iPod nano and the $249 iPod Classic. This new 16GB version seems to have replaced the 16GB 3.5-inch Touch that had been selling for $199.

Also reportedly forthcoming in the cheaper Apple product line is a more affordable iPhone, but there's no word on a release date quite yet. 

Source: Apple

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RE: wow
By ven1ger on 5/31/2013 4:46:02 PM , Rating: 2
Definition of 'Monopoly'
A situation in which a single company or group owns all or nearly all of the market for a given type of product or service. By definition, monopoly is characterized by an absence of competition, which often results in high prices and inferior products.

Apple has a monopoly, and there is nothing in the what constitutes a monopoly as having low/mid/high end. Apple has a monopoly, why? because no one else can participate it in its ecosystem, that's a monopoly. Can I buy another computer that can run Mac applications or Ipad apps, no. That's pretty much the definition of a monopoly. Why is the DOJ not going after them, because for the Macs there is a bigger competitor for marketshare, MS. For their Ipads, currently Android. Macs are not mainstream, but Apple is a monopoly and they can dictate their own prices for their equipment in the Apple ecosystem.

If you're claiming that Macs and Ipads can be replaced with substitute goods, what computers or emulators can you obtain to run Mac software or Ipad Apps? At least Windows is emulated under Bootcamp not vice versa because Apple controls and restricts any use or copying of its system. There are many programs/apps that are created only for Mac/Ipad that are not available for Windows/Android.

As for the educational discount, it was a great deal, but the past years, the discount itself is a mere shadow of what they used to offer. It wasn't for PR or marketing, purpose was that computers were generally new to the public, if they got Macs out to the educational system where there was more widespread acceptance of it for learning, especially with the younger crowd, they would build the marketshare that would expand into them later staying with the Macs for use at home and other businesses.

RE: wow
By BRB29 on 5/31/2013 7:28:33 PM , Rating: 2
A situation in which a single company or group owns all or nearly all of the market for a given type of product or service

The type would be media player, smartphone, laptops, etc...

You are confusing brand with types. A phone with an OS regardless of what it is is a smartphone. They sell it as a smartphone in one complete package. The whole market of smartphone includes, all phones with all OS. Their ecosystem is a support of that product, not an actual product.

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