At the end of last week, the Apple iPad Mini was given another launch date, following its no-show on 10 October. This time it’s 23 October that’s supposedly the big day, and Apple will unveil its endlessly rumoured little tablet during an “intimate” event at its headquarters.
If the date is correct, we could see the invitation arrive as soon as Tuesday this week, but in the meantime, we’ve got some more information on the tablet – its price. Of course, this is only a rumour – just like the device itself – but that doesn’t stop it from being interesting.
A snapshot of an electronics retailer’s computer system – Media Markt and Saturn in this case, the German equivalent of Dixons and Currys – shows many different versions of the iPad Mini, ranging from 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, with either Wi-Fi or 3G and Wi-Fi, in black or white.
The basic 8GB Wi-Fi model is €249 and the scale goes all the way up to €649 for the 64GB version with 3G and Wi-Fi. Convert those prices over to British pounds and you’ve got £200 and £525 respectively.
It doesn’t always work out this way though, and if we compare the prices of a full-size iPad 16GB Wi-Fi sold in the UK and in Germany, the converted currency price is lower than the actual price. This means if it is €249, then the UK price may be £200+.
Compared with its potential rivals – the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire – this is slightly more expensive, but that probably won’t make much difference to sales, as buyers seem to be happy to pay a premium for an Apple product.
As the week goes on, we will learn whether the launch date prediction is correct, or not.