you mean like the apple II? the newton? giving away free computers to schools only to have businesses going with windows based OS anyways?
It is not about being first it is about holding on to the market. With its current price point it is clear apple wants to stay in the high priced “exclusive” niche.
with the low-end ipad being $500, i don’t think that’s reaching for the high end market
unless you see $500 being the exclusive domain of ‘the wealthy’ ... which it will be, if the progressives continue their assault