Peter Kafka

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Want a Cheaper Tablet? Just Wait.

Rock-solid, take-it-to-the-bank prediction for consumer technology: It gets better, and costs less, over time.

Today’s reminder comes via the analyst team at J.P. Morgan, who predict that the average retail price for a tablet will drop 15.7 percent next year — from $529 to $446.

It’s also worth noting that 20 percent downward lurch for the current quarter. That’s due primarily to Amazon’s entry with the $200 Kindle Fire, which at the very least seems to be moving a lot of units. Apple’s lowest-priced iPad, for reference, starts at $500.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik