'iPad Mini' Pricing to Begin at Approximately $329

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    9to5Mac reports that pricing for the "iPad mini" is likely to begin at approximately $329 for the entry-level Wi-Fi model, with two higher-capacity models arriving at $429 and $529.

    Three models of cellular-capable iPad minis will also be available and appear set to carry the same $130 premium over their corresponding Wi-Fi models as seen with the full-size iPad, putting these iPad mini models at $459/$559/$659.

    Likely pricing matrix for iPad mini models
    The iPad mini is just one of the products Apple is expected to introduce at next Tuesday's media event, with revised full-size iPads, a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, and updated iMac and Mac mini models all said to be coming next week.

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  2. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 19, 2007
  3. macrumors 603


    Oct 5, 2008
    So, I'm looking at around $350 for a base model with taxes. I guess I won't be selling my iPad 3 then.

    I figured it'd be in the $300 price range. :( I was hoping $299 min though.
  4. macrumors regular

    Aug 2, 2010
    Hmmm, I wonder if that'll be $329 for 8GB. Either way, that's a bit too high. I was planning on getting one, but not at that price. Could probably find an iPad (3rd gen) close to that price on Craigslist.
  5. macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    At $659 for the highest end model it better have a retina screen with LTE and probably an A6 processor. I bet Apple is forced to revise the full size iPad at the same time to justify the higher price.
  6. macrumors 68000

    Mar 6, 2008
    I sure won't be buying one, honestly I'm not the type of person to use tablets often, so I would just settle for a Nexus 7..
  7. macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2012
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
  9. macrumors 6502


    Oct 4, 2011
    I want one, but I wouldn't hesitate to snap one up at $299. Now I'm going to have to think about it.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2011
    Whoa iPad 3gen 16gb will at least be 400 anything less and I'd be skeptical I just was on Craigslist
  11. macrumors 68030


    May 31, 2007
    National Weather Center
    Not that Apple has been concerned playing a race to the bottom, but I remember prices on the original iPad were supposed to be approaching $999 and Apple was like, "BLAM, $499!".

    Either that will happen again, or this thing might have a retina screen. Otherwise, they are conceding low-end of the 7" market.
  12. macrumors 68000

    May 29, 2011
    $329 better be 16GB minimum, seeing as Android alternatives are $199-299 for 7" or 8.9" 16GB models or the Kindle Fire HD 32GB is $249.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    So I guess I was wrong. I earlier commented on that I thought Apple would sell the cheapest edition for around $249 in order to give no breathing space for the competition at all. With $329, that just won't happen. Apple will keep being Apple, competing by features and not price. But hey, it's been working out fairly well for them so far... :p Just that it probably won't be a competition killer in this tablet segment, although likely still snatching quite a market share.
  14. macrumors 603

    Sep 19, 2003
    It'll probably start at 16 GB. If they are pushing textbooks for this thing, which it looks like they will be, 8 GB is a non-starter.

    The $659 model is undoubtedly a 64 GB LTE, same A5 non-retina as the rest.

    I could see Apple updating the 3 to the A6 and Lightning, though.
  15. macrumors 68020


    Jun 6, 2010
    If this is the price to pay for a retina display then so be it!
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2009
    Should have been $299 for the entry model with 8GB. Or maybe even $250 if they use an A5 and non-retina screen to keep the costs down a bit more.

    At $329 it's more than a 50% premium over something like the Nexus 7. Starting at $250 would still give it a 25% premium price, but I think a TON more people would get it.
  17. macrumors regular

    Aug 2, 2010
    Check Craigslist in the Los Angeles area. Right at the top just saw one for $375 16GB, and one $415 32GB, and probably can get that down to $400.

    And seeing how taxes here in CA are high, the iPad mini would run me close to $360.
  18. Chaszmyr, Oct 20, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2012

    macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    I'm very skeptical. The Kindle Fire HD is $199 with 16gb, and even if Apple won't match that pricing, they have to know they'd sell way more at $299 than $329.

    You can be certain with this pricing the base capacity will be higher than 8gb, though.
  19. macrumors 68020


    Sep 22, 2009
    Wish it was $199 or even $249 I think they priced the iPod Touch too high.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2012
    So we're talking at least £229 then? Maybe even £249. The Nexus is available for around £180 so it's not really going to trouble Nexus sales.
  21. macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2012
    It just makes no sence comparing the New iPod models..
  22. macrumors member


    Sep 7, 2007
    What's the point? iPad 2 is $399. So is a used iPad (3).

    Apple needed something at $249 to really compete with Kindle and others. Oh well. I'm sure they will still sell tons.

    8GB is the OS, a few apps, tunes and maybe a movie if you are lucky.
  23. macrumors 604

    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    That's the same as the 16GB Nexus - Looks like there'll be competition :)
  24. macrumors 68000


    Aug 25, 2007
    Wish i had a reason to buy one. We have some many iPads and iPhones in the house already.

    I think the pricing will start at $249
  25. macrumors 68020


    Sep 22, 2009
    I remember that too, everyone thought they were going to have a very expensive tablet on their hands... and now $499 is too expensive.

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