— Image by mobilegeeks.de
A leaked screenshot of an inventory system, allegedly from Europe’s largest electronics retailer, Media Market, has entered the wild, showing a price list for the still unannounced iPad Mini. The screenshot was posted by the German site MobileGeeks.
Shown in the screenshot are 16 different configurations for the iPad Mini with memory options of 8, 16, 32, and 64GB, as well as network options of WiFi-only or cellular, and color options of black or white.
The pricing is listed in Euros and roughly converts to a price range of $322 for the 8GB WiFi-only model to $650 for the 64GB cellular model. $322 is kind of a weird price point for Apple but it should be noted that CNet is assuming that Europe’s 19% value-added tax is already included in the price.
So will Apple price the 8GB WiFi iPad Mini at $299, which is the same as the 32GB iPod touch? Or will it be closer to $319 or $329?
The $299 price point would really be enticing for anyone who buys an iPod touch — they want all the best parts about the iPhone without the hassle of the phone contract. Now, consumers can get everything, but with a bigger screen (that isn’t too big), all for the same price.
Some may argue and say that would cut into iPod touch sales. I’m not sure that’s a concern. From a sales approach, customers simply have more choices. I want a mobile Internet device I can go running with — iPod touch. I want a mobile Internet device I can draw sketches on — iPad Mini. I want a mobile Internet device I can fit in my jeans pocket — iPod touch. I want a mobile Internet device I can fit in my (man) purse — iPad Mini.
It bares repeating that these leaked images are not confirmed and that Apple hasn’t even confirmed the existence of an iPad Mini. That said, rumors have surfaced claiming Apple will unveil the iPad Mini on Oct 23, and industry insiders such as Jim Dalrymple have given it a “yep.”
We recently reported that The Guardian had stated the iPad Mini would only be available with WiFi and no cellular connection. So with conflicting rumors swirling around out there, what do you think we’ll see, if anything, on October 23rd?