The base price of the iPad mini (8GB storage, Wi-Fi only) is set at €249, or $320 at the current exchange rate, according to German site MobileGeeks (via GigaOm). The leaked screenshot is reportedly from a widely used inventory system in Europe and Asia used by mobile firms and cellular networks.
Here’s the pricing scheme as it’s being reported:
|iPad mini (Wi-Fi, 8GB, Black/White)||€249||~ $320|
|iPad mini (Wi-Fi, 16GB, Black/White)||€349||~ $450|
|iPad mini (Wi-Fi, 32GB, Black/White)||€449||~ $580|
|iPad mini (Wi-Fi, 64GB, Black/White)||€549||~ $710|
|iPad mini (Cellular, 8GB, Black/White)||€349||~ $450|
|iPad mini (Cellular, 16GB, Black/White)||€449||~ $580|
|iPad mini (Cellular, 32GB, Black/White)||€549||~ $710|
|iPad mini (Cellular, 64GB, Black/White)||€649||~ $840|
(It’s worth noting that Apple tends to synchronize prices across continents, even if they don’t necessarily translate at the currency-exchange level. It goes almost without saying: until Apple announces the device, pegged for October 23 according to numerous reports, the pricing at this point may not be accurate.)
The iPad mini, which may not be its final name, has been on the tip of the technology world’s tongue for months as Amazon, Google, and Samsung continue to dominate this almost-niche section of the 7-inch tablet market. Apple has yet to capitalize on this lucrative market, based on sales figures from the companies’ quarterly earnings reports.