9to5Mac leaks price matrix for iPad Mini; to cost at least $329?

With the iPad Mini launch event barely hours away from launch, true to form, the rumor mills seem to have left little unknown about the Apple tablet now. 9to5Mac has a solid record with its exclusives, and they have a report from Mark Gurman that leaks a very, very crucial aspect about the Apple iPad Mini - its price in the US.





In the words of Gurman:



Apple’s entry price for its upcoming smaller iPad is between the base model of the new, fifth-generation iPod touch ($299) and the currently shipping WiFi-only 16GB iPad 2 ($399). According to our sources, the base model of the smaller iPad will likely be priced at a minimum of $329 in the United States.



The report goes on to claim that there will be two higher capacity versions of the Wifi only iPad Mini, and that they will be priced at increasing slabs of $100 each, that is, at $429, and $529 respectively. Moreover, the versions of the iPad Mini with cellular capabilities will be priced at an additional $130 to their corresponding Wifi only versions.


If the report proves to be correct, the iPad Mini is far from being the economical Apple alternative to the likes of the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire. It will do well, certainly, given that its brand value ensures a blockbuster run at sales counters worldwide, but it is a bit disappointing nonetheless to see Apple persist with charging a considerable premium on even its apparently cheaper products.




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