Monday, October 15, 2012
Apple has not yet even acknowledged the existence of the iPad Mini, but pricing and configuration information for the much-rumored tablet is allegedly already appearing in a consumer electronics giant's inventory system.
The iPad Mini will come in 16 different memory and wireless configurations, according to an inventory system screen shot obtained by Mobile Geeks. The screen capture allegedly comes from the internal inventory system of Media Market, Europe's largest electronics retailer
The page -- in German -- lists pricing for various configurations in Eros, presumable with Europe's 19 percent value added tax already factored into the price. Prices will start at 249 Euros ($322.60) for a Wi-Fi-only 8 GB iPad Mini, with other memory configurations of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB also available. The high-end 64GB cellular version is listed at about $650, presumably with 4G LTE capability.
iPad Mini rumors have been swirling for months, with various sources reporting that the device will feature a 7.85-inch display and go on sale for a price that's far cheaper than Apple's current, larger tablet.
Apple has reportedly already begun mass production of the new tablet, which is expected to be introduced on October 23. However, one Asia news outlet reports that production issues will delay its debut .
Apple has reportedly ordered 10 million units of the unannounced tablet for the fourth quarter, roughly twice what Amazon reportedly ordered for the Kindle Fire for the same quarter.
Right now, the best rumor we have for a release date says the event will be held October 23rd.. Apple typically releases products one or two Fridays after its keynotes.
For what it's worth, the 23rd would manage to steal a good amount of thunder from the October 26th Windows 8 release date, and shipping on November 2nd would put the Mini out just a few days before the presidential election.
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