Apple iPad Mini 'to start at €249 with at least 3G connectivity
THE iPad Mini will start at €249 and will be equipped with at least 3G connectivity, according to reports.
Information apparently taken from the inventory of a German electronics retailer suggests that the Apple iPad Mini will start at €249 for an 8GB version and go up to around €649 for a 64GB version with WiFi and mobile connectivity.
The leaked screenshot shows 16 configurations of the new device, with WiFi and mobile versions of each memory size. Recent reports had suggested that the new iPad would not have mobile connectivity. The new Apple tablet is expected to be announced at an event in California next week but so far the company has not even confirmed that it is holding an event.
Even if the screenshot is geniune, it is possible that the data has been added by the retailer on a preliminary basis and doesn't represent Apple's intended pricing.
If the prices are correct then the entry level version of the new Apple tablet, which could be called the iPad Mini or the iPad Nano or even the iPad Air, would costly slightly more than key rivals. Google's Nexus 7 - seven-inch Android tablet, launched in July - costs £159, the same price as Amazon's seven-inch Kindle Fire HD.
In recent weeks speculation about Apple's forthcoming tablet has increased, with photographs circulating that purported to show the new device and rumours about Apple's plans for a launch event.
Early speculation suggested that Apple would unveil the device at an event on Wednesday, October 17, but as the date drew closer and no invitations were issued, attention shifted to next week. Last week technology website AllThingsD reported that the new iPad would be unveiled on October 23rd.
Further rumours over the last few days suggest that Apple is also preparing to launch a 13-inch version of its Retina MacBook Pro. The company launched a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro at its WorldWide Developer Conference in June.
The 15-inch version has a 2880 x 1800 pixel display, double the screen resolution of the standard 15-inch MacBook Pro.
By Shane Richmond Telegraph.co.uk