A supposed picture of the iPad Mini. (Photo : BoLoPad)
We're only a few days away from Apple's unveiling of the iPad Mini. The tablet has been all-but-confirmed by Apple, and many reports have speculated on the pricing and exact release date. The latest report on the iPad Mini's price comes from the reliable folks over at 9to5Mac, who have pegged the iPad Mini's starting price at $329.
The base, entry-level iPad Mini model should begin at $329, with $100 increases for better specs, according to 9to5Mac.
That would mean the 16GB model would sell for $329, the 32GB model for $429, and the 64GB version for $529. These prices are for the Wi-Fi-only iPad Minis.
The cellular-linked iPad Minis would be priced higher, at $459, $559, and $659, depending on storage options, according to 9to5Mac.
9to5Mac bases its pricing scheme off various inside sources, most of which have proven reliable in the past regarding Apple products. So while this is not an official pricing scheme, which only Apple will reveal on October 23, it should be a fairly good estimate.
The iPad Mini's starting price of $329 would make it far more expensive than other 7-inch tablets such as the Google Nexus 7, which begins at $199. Initial pricing guesses thought the iPad Mini would start at around $250, but that would make it cheaper than the new iPod Touch, which starts at $299. It is highly unlikely that Apple would price a tablet cheaper than a small media player, so a $329-$350 starting price range seems most probable, especially when considering that the iPad 2 begins at $399.
Website GeekyGadgets also recently stated that the Apple iPad Mini should be in consumers' hands and on retail stores' shelves on November 2.
From what we know so far, the iPad Mini will feature a 7.85-inch LCD display (sorry, no Retina), the new Lightning connector, and will be made up for iPad 2 parts on the inside. The smaller tablet should also have rear and front-facing cameras.
Check back on October 23 for official details from Apple.
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