The entire tech world has accepted that Apple is about to announce a 7-inch version of the iPad, probably called the iPad Mini, later this month. What we didn’t know–until now–was where that product would fit in Apple’s pricing scheme.
Apple just announced a new version of the iPod Touch, which sells for $299. Most assumed that Apple couldn’t possibly justify charging more for the 4-inch iPod Touch than for the rumored 7-inch iPad Mini (especially when the two devices perform nearly identical functions).
However, the 7-inch iPad Mini is intended as a competitor for $200 devices like Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7, so other people argued that Apple couldn’t come in at a price point much higher than these two.
So, will Apple undercut its own product or will it sell its new, mini tablet at a price much higher than its competitors?
It looks like we have our answer. A complete list of prices for the iPad Mini has just leaked on the German site Flo’s Weblog. The list reveals that Apple will, indeed, come in at a price-point that’s less than it charges for the current-gen iPod Touch: just $249.
Here’s the full list of prices:
- 8GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi in Black – $249
- 8GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi in White – $249
- 16GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi in Black – $349
- 16GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi in White – $349
- 32GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi in Black – $449
- 32GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi in White – $449
- 64GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi in Black – $549
- 64GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi in White – $549
- 32GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi + Cellular in Black – $549
- 32GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi + Cellular in White- $549
- 64GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi + Cellular in Black – $649
- 64GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi + Cellular in White- $649
Worth noting is the large increase in price for iPad Minis that come equipped with a cellural chip–likely to be of the LTE varierty.
Most industry insiders now expect the iPad Mini to be unveiled at an October 23rd event and to begin shipping in early November.