Apple iPad 2 price from USD499

Apple iPad 2 price unchanged

One of the biggest bombshells of the night has been the iPad 2 price, which is completely unchanged, according to Steve Jobs.

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Apple iPad 2 video

 

Source: T3 Tech Videos

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iPad 2 16GB Wifi models will start at $499, $629 with 3G, up to $829 for the iPad 2 64GB with 3G.

Debate has raged as to why tablet PC competitors (excepting cheap Android-powered Chinese knock-offs) have failed to undercut Apple’s iPad pricing. Is it because Apple has a direct retail strategy via Apple Stores that wholesale vendors such as Motorola and Samsung – that have to make their margin before the retailer - simply can’t match?

Some believe that it’s due to Apple’s policy of in-house design of almost everything from A4 chips to iOS4 - the big A holds all the cards, minimising licensing fees and maximising control of production.

Or is it that Apple is actually making a small loss on iPad sales, confident that the iTunes-fronted Apple ecosystem will claw back ongoing revenues – including Apple subscriptions - from each user?

Does the fixed iPad price tempt you into splashing out on the iPad2? Let us know via the T3 Twitter and Facebook feeds.

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