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iPad Mini Prices, Specs Leak

Possible pricing and model variants for the iPad Mini suggest we'll see a wide range of price points and devices from which to select.

Would you pay $840 for an iPad Mini? Prices for Apple's unannounced, unconfirmed, and otherwise phantasmagoric tablet leaked over the weekend, and suggest that it could cost that much with all the bells and whistles.

The information comes from a leaked screenshot of an inventory system used by European and Asian cellular network operators and mobile handset vendors. The inventory system is widely used, so the leak could prove accurate in the long run.

Here's what the breakdown looks like. The iPad Mini will be sold in white and black variants. There will be no price difference between the two colors. The iPad Mini will be offered in a Wi-Fi-only configuration with storage capacities measuring 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB. There will also be a version with cellular data and Wi-Fi, also offered in the same storage variants.

The price points reported for these different models are listed by the inventory system in Euros, not dollars. In terms of dollars, using today's exchange rate, the Wi-Fi models would cost $320, $450, $580, and $710 for the 8-, 16-, 32-, and 64-GB models, respectively. The cellular+Wi-Fi models would cost $450, $580, $710, and $840 for the 8-, 16-, 32-, and 64-GB models, respectively.

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These prices reflect a $130 premium for each storage jump, and a $130 premium for cellular data connectivity. In the U.S., Apple typically charges an extra $100 for each storage jump. For example, the 16-GB iPad costs $499 and the 32-GB iPad costs $599 (Wi-Fi only). U.S. iPads with cellular data cost $130 more than the Wi-Fi-only equivalent.

The entry-level iPad Mini model, which has Wi-Fi only and 8 GB of storage, comes in at $320, based on the numbers we have today. I doubt this would be the real price charged by Apple for such a device. First, I'd expect Apple to round it down to $299. That's the price point Apple is probably targeting.

Even that, however, is hard to reconcile with Apple's current device lineup. The iPod Touch, for example, costs $299. Does it seem right that a device with a 4-inch screen and a device with a 7.85-inch screen would cost the same?

Then there's the iPad 2 to consider. The iPad 2 is still for sale with a starting price of $399. Will Apple discontinue the iPad 2 once the iPad Mini goes on sale? That scenario makes the most sense to me, but you never know. If it does, Apple could offer the iPod Touch for $299, the iPad Mini for $399, and the iPad with Retina Display for $499 (all entry-level models).

But charging $399 for the iPad Mini makes it a hard sell against the $200 Google Nexus 7 and the $180 Amazon Kindle Fire.

What do you think Apple will charge for the iPad Mini?

Apple is expected to announce the device at a media event October 23.

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moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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10/18/2012 | 4:53:56 PM
re: iPad Mini Prices, Specs Leak
Across the board way too expensive. Let's wait what the final prices and models are.
stevew928
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stevew928,
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10/16/2012 | 6:29:38 PM
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Me too... and that is really the model that counts (and possibly the 32 GB version). The rest of the line is for people with some specific need (or the wealthy) who justify the extra cost somehow. Leading the article with the most expensive option was just rhetorical pop-journalism.
stevew928
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stevew928,
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10/16/2012 | 6:27:09 PM
re: iPad Mini Prices, Specs Leak
Maybe, but I'd be quite shocked if the price wasn't $249 or $299. I'll be super pleasantly surprised if it is lower, but I'm doubting it. The 'lead' price quoted in the article, even if accurate, is rather irrelevant, as few people every buy Apple's fully loaded products. They are never a good deal (you only buy them when you absolutely NEED those specs for something mission-critical)... but they sure make good pop-journalist fodder.
dwong94502
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dwong94502,
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10/16/2012 | 1:46:45 AM
re: iPad Mini Prices, Specs Leak
Be patient. The REAL price will be announced by Apple in two weeks. The quoted FUD price is from Google fanboy! So much for stating the iPad Mini leak as FUD by this author!
stevew928
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stevew928,
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10/15/2012 | 9:45:50 PM
re: iPad Mini Prices, Specs Leak
Sure, there are bunches of ignorant and shallow people who buy all sorts of products to use as status symbols. No doubt some of Apple's sales are by these types. The rest of us DO care about price, but are willing to spend more (if it really is more?) to get a better, more productive product. (My time is worth something to me... certainly much more than the bit of price difference on a product I use every day.)
gtigerclaw
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gtigerclaw,
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10/15/2012 | 8:12:50 PM
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I think the iPad don't have a lot of status anymore because they got a bin full of them at Wall Mart owned Asda in the UK and people arn't storming the store to buy them. All the phone stores in my are have the iPhone5 in stock, but I don't see any sold out signs or exuberant iFans waiting in lines to get them.

Aden11
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Aden11,
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10/15/2012 | 8:02:57 PM
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I think the entry level iPad will be around $250-$299.
GAProgrammer
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GAProgrammer,
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10/15/2012 | 5:27:14 PM
re: iPad Mini Prices, Specs Leak
The most laughable part of this article is the discussion of price. No one buys an Apple product based on price. They buy it as a status symbol. Price never enters the equation.
stevew928
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stevew928,
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10/15/2012 | 5:18:39 PM
re: iPad Mini Prices, Specs Leak
Re: "Does it seem right that a device with a 4-inch screen and a device with a 7.85-inch screen would cost the same?"

Um, yes. They are two products in two different market segments. Does it seem right that a 4" iPhone costs $600, then? (i.e. time to rethink that logic... :) )
nia
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nia,
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10/15/2012 | 4:17:43 PM
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i think the prices$ are going to go up to 900$, but the cheapest will porbbaly be about250-320
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