'iPad Mini' Pricing to Begin at Approximately $329

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    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.

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    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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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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..
     
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    I want one, but I wouldn't hesitate to snap one up at $299. Now I'm going to have to think about it.
     
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    Whoa iPad 3gen 16gb will at least be 400 anything less and I'd be skeptical I just was on Craigslist
     
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    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.
     
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    $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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    If this is the price to pay for a retina display then so be it!
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Wish it was $199 or even $249 I think they priced the iPod Touch too high.
     
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    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.
     
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    It just makes no sence comparing the New iPod models..
     
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    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.
     
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    That's the same as the 16GB Nexus - Looks like there'll be competition :)
     
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    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
     
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    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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