An 8GB iPad Mini Will Cost You $249 In Black Or White, LTE Models Start At $549

An 8GB iPad Mini Will Cost You $249 In Black Or White, LTE Models Start At $549

After much speculation, the last piece of the iPad mini puzzle has fallen into place, as a complete list of European prices of the iPad mini have leaked to the Internet, confirming that the iPad mini will come in multiple variations and ship with LTE capability.

An internal list of upcoming iPad mini SKUs and prices has been published on a German weblog. This is apparently the complete line-up of iPad minis that we’ll see upon release next month:

  • 8GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in Black – $249 / €249
  • 8GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in White – $249 / €249
  • 16GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in Black – $349 / €349
  • 16GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in White – $349 / €349
  • 32GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in Black – $449 / €449
  • 32GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in White – $449 / €449
  • 64GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in Black – $549 / €549
  • 64GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in White – $549 / €549
  • 32GB iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular in Black – $549 / €549
  • 32GB iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular in White- $549 / €549
  • 64GB iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular in Black – $649 / €649
  • 64GB iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular in White- $649 / €649

This list confirms a lot. Not just the starting price, but the fact that Apple will be shipping the iPad mini with an LTE variation. When the third-gen iPad came out, Apple called it the New iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, until a controversy in Australia over the fact that the new iPad is only truly 4G in America and Canada caused Apple to rechristen it abroad. Previously, Apple had called its mobile-capable iPads the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G, which would seem to indicate the iPad mini will have LTE support, at least in the United States and Canada.

I’m impressed by these prices. They are very competitive with the existing 7-inch tablet competition, and for just $649, you can get a 64GB iPad Mini with LTE for the price of the 16GB new iPad. If you prefer or don’t mind a smaller screen size, that’s quite the deal. What do you think?

The iPad mini looks set to be announced on October 23rd, and will likely ship in November.

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  • Shane Bryson

    I believe the word you were looking for was, “fallen.” Yes, fallen.

  • Soccer5se

    Is 8GB enough for school use, especially high school? Digital textbooks can be 1GB or more. The idea of having more books in your iPad than your backpack is slowly disappearing.

  • nikster

    Is 8GB enough for school use, especially high school? Digital textbooks can be 1GB or more. The idea of having more books in your iPad than your backpack is slowly disappearing.

    Seriously? I’ve downloaded lots of books from iBooks and most are a few 100 KB. That’s less than 1 MB. Meaning I could fit around 10,000 of those on 8GB.

    For 1GB there would need to be a lot of video content in the textbook.

  • nikster

    I was hoping for a $200 price point at the low end. But I guess that’s where Apple needs to actually make money with hardware. Also I don’t see why no LTE 8GB for $350? That’s weird.

  • Soccer5se
    Is 8GB enough for school use, especially high school? Digital textbooks can be 1GB or more. The idea of having more books in your iPad than your backpack is slowly disappearing.

    Seriously? I’ve downloaded lots of books from iBooks and most are a few 100 KB. That’s less than 1 MB. Meaning I could fit around 10,000 of those on 8GB.

    For 1GB there would need to be a lot of video content in the textbook.

    But isn’t the idea of using a digital textbook because its more interactive for the students. If I wanted to carry a bunch of regular ebooks around I would just buy a Kindle Fire. However, as a teacher I want my students to experience learning through new and interactive ways. Also, digital textbooks can be updated by the author or publishing company at any time. I don’t think this feature is available with regular ebooks.

  • Soccer5se
    Is 8GB enough for school use, especially high school? Digital textbooks can be 1GB or more. The idea of having more books in your iPad than your backpack is slowly disappearing.

    Seriously? I’ve downloaded lots of books from iBooks and most are a few 100 KB. That’s less than 1 MB. Meaning I could fit around 10,000 of those on 8GB.

    For 1GB there would need to be a lot of video content in the textbook.

    But isn’t the idea of using a digital textbook because its more interactive for the students. If I wanted to carry a bunch of regular ebooks around I would just buy a Kindle Fire. However, as a teacher I want my students to experience learning through new and interactive ways. Also, digital textbooks can be updated by the author or publishing company at any time. I don’t think this feature is available with regular ebooks.

  • jrirish

    Sweet! While I’m not thrilled at 8GB being the capacity, I’m pretty happy to see my low-end price prediction was correct. If anyone else would like to see my full list of predictions feel free to check it out here – http://bit.ly/SJG0hX.

  • MacerHD

    I’m pretty sure those are euro prices… add $100 to each one for the US price. New iPad is 399 over there in the US it’s 499. Just a thought..

  • FriarNurgle

    The demand for a $250 iPad, even if it’s mini and likely on par with the new iPod touch’s benchmarks, will be insane.

  • wdowell

    I presume the iPad 2 is dead come the arrival of the Mini..

  • Jonathan Ober

    Also, while not totally accurate the aspect ratio is the same. I cropped the photo to the screen only in Photoshop and resized based on the current pixel ratio of the New iPad and it’s still 1024×768 or 2048×1563 if they keep the retina pixels of the New iPad, which I don’t see why they would downgrade. Looks like current exchange rates are 1 euro = 1.2962 US dollars which either means the US prices should be a tad higher or something is fishing with the pricing model.

  • Johnny Ive

    I’m pretty sure those are euro prices… add $100 to each one for the US price. New iPad is 399 over there in the US it’s 499. Just a thought..

    It’s 479€ in Germany. Not sure where you are getting the 399€ from.

  • hughfr4nc15

    Target Acquired: 32GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi in Black – €449! :D

  • MacerHD
    I’m pretty sure those are euro prices… add $100 to each one for the US price. New iPad is 399 over there in the US it’s 499. Just a thought..

    It’s 479€ in Germany. Not sure where you are getting the 399€ from.

    My bad that was the iPad 2, Maybe the pricing is right :)

  • Shane Bryson
    Is 8GB enough for school use, especially high school? Digital textbooks can be 1GB or more. The idea of having more books in your iPad than your backpack is slowly disappearing.

    Seriously? I’ve downloaded lots of books from iBooks and most are a few 100 KB. That’s less than 1 MB. Meaning I could fit around 10,000 of those on 8GB.

    For 1GB there would need to be a lot of video content in the textbook.

    There is a big difference between a normal book from iBooks and a digital text book. Most digital textbooks hover between 700mb or 1GB.

  • Scott Peterson

    Not sure about $250 for an 8GB model when I can get a 16GB Kindle Fire HD for $50 less. I know they will sell tons of these, but if a parent is going to get one for their kid, they may want to play less for more GB and get a better screen. I guess it all depends on the apps.

  • bondr006
  • laytoncy

    As others have stated, these look to be Euro prices and I can’t see it being the same here in the US. I hope that those prices are real for the US. If they’re not then it’s not as competitive. I have a 64 GB WiFi only version of the “New iPad” and just being jealous here’s to hoping they don’t update the New iPad. :P

  • Alex Vizzini

    Not sure about $250 for an 8GB model when I can get a 16GB Kindle Fire HD for $50 less. I know they will sell tons of these, but if a parent is going to get one for their kid, they may want to play less for more GB and get a better screen. I guess it all depends on the apps.

    The kid wants iPad, parents want there kids to be happy if that happiness cost 50 extra dollars they will do it in a heart beat.

  • SamuelBrock

    I don’t see how this could be the complete lineup, but it gives us a better idea. 1, they probably won’t offer an 8 GB device ever again if last month’s event was any indication and 2, Apple probably wouldn’t offer a 64GB version of the iPad mini Wifi at the same price point as 32 GB with Cellular.

  • Steffen Jobbs

    How is this pricing competitive to Amazon’s Kindle Fire? Cheapskates automatically want the cheapest product available and Apple doesn’t offer that. Once main supplies of the Kindle Fire run out during the holidays, consumers might consider buying the iPad Mini out of sheer desperation.

  • Mystakill

    *12* different models? That should’ve been pared down to just four; two 8GB WiFi models and two 8GB LTE models (black & white in each, of course), with a MicroSD slot on each. Would’ve cut down on manufacturing & inventory costs substantially…

  • darkhuntress

    Just hope Apple doesn’t lower the price too much! Why buy the full sized ipad if the mini does the same thing at a much lower price? I think if it is priced too low you will see a drop in iPad sales. Why pay more for the same thing except with a smaller footprint? And retina displays dont even enter the discussion. If the ipad mini has the same display as an ipad2 that is not a game changer.

  • extra_medium

    How is this pricing competitive to Amazon’s Kindle Fire? Cheapskates automatically want the cheapest product available and Apple doesn’t offer that. Once main supplies of the Kindle Fire run out during the holidays, consumers might consider buying the iPad Mini out of sheer desperation.

    If the cheapest is 1/4 the price of the apple product, they get that and wish it was an apple product. If the price difference is in the ball park of $50-100, they’ll bite that bullet and get the one all their friends have.

  • TylerHoj

    I call shenanigans. Since when has Apple started selling Wifi+Cellular on only certain storage amounts. Why wouldn’t they offer and 8GB w/ cellular? Cause that’s not confusing for new customers switching to Apple for the iPads mini’s price point at all. Pffffft. NOT!

  • extra_medium
    Not sure about $250 for an 8GB model when I can get a 16GB Kindle Fire HD for $50 less. I know they will sell tons of these, but if a parent is going to get one for their kid, they may want to play less for more GB and get a better screen. I guess it all depends on the apps.

    The kid wants iPad, parents want there kids to be happy if that happiness cost 50 extra dollars they will do it in a heart beat.

    No kid is going to be happy with 8gb

  • billsweatt

    $250 for 8 gigs. $350 for 16. That’s a $100 premium for a measly 8 additional gigs of RAM. Got to be a joke.

  • North Lilly

    This price break with no new functionality is a non-starter. While devotees may still buy one, the more average consumer will balk when comparing to much less competitive devices. A successful hook, however, that would give this proposed device unique appeal would be the release of the mini if it presented an LCD/e-ink blended capability! That would maximally compete then against e-readers like Kindle or nook, whether in bright light or no, while still preserving the imaging capability of a more traditional tablet in lower light conditions. It would also be a more compelling price argument. People would understand and more likely accept the reduce memory and Wifi-only situations; and it could easily be then differentiated from devices like iPod touches.

  • EdH
    I’m pretty sure those are euro prices… add $100 to each one for the US price. New iPad is 399 over there in the US it’s 499. Just a thought..

    No. I just checked the Apple France store. The New iPad starts at €489 compared to $499 in the US, so at best, the euro prices would be €245 for the base mini vs $249 in the US.

    Oddly enough, with the 16GB iPad 2, it starts at €409 in France compared to $399 for USD.

  • justa

    Just hope Apple doesn’t lower the price too much! Why buy the full sized ipad if the mini does the same thing at a much lower price? I think if it is priced too low you will see a drop in iPad sales. Why pay more for the same thing except with a smaller footprint? And retina displays dont even enter the discussion. If the ipad mini has the same display as an ipad2 that is not a game changer.

    Gotta agree here. I feel the same way. Lower the price too much and there won’t be iPads under the tree but minis.

  • m3th4mp

    I can’t wait to see how the market will react to these cheaper iOS devices. Developers are going to absolutely love this thing! The price point is just right to capture anyone else who isn’t already buying iOS software. I expect to see a large boost in developer revenue from the horde of budget-minded consumers grabbing this tablet.

  • MADG33k

    I think that at $249 for the starting model they are leaving too much air for their competitors to breath. They should go for the Jugular just as they did when they first released the iPad with a price that makes it very very difficult for competitors with even free OS’s to compete. I think the following prices would enable Apple to own the pad/tablet market while still making a decent profit on the higher end.

    • 8GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in Black or White – $199 / €199
    • 16GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in Black or White – $299 / €299
    • 32GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in Black or White – $419 / €419
    • 64GB iPad mini Wi-Fi in Black or White – $549 / €549
    • 32GB iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular in Black or White – $549 / €549
    • 64GB iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular in Black or White – $649 / €649

    One might point out that this leaves little room for the iPod but I would contend that the market for a device that can fit in you shirt/pants pocket is different enough from that one that can not, that both can still exist together.

  • Andrew Newsome

    Just hope Apple doesn’t lower the price too much! Why buy the full sized ipad if the mini does the same thing at a much lower price? I think if it is priced too low you will see a drop in iPad sales. Why pay more for the same thing except with a smaller footprint? And retina displays dont even enter the discussion. If the ipad mini has the same display as an ipad2 that is not a game changer.

    really? you are worrying about the business, Apple? i’m sure they can survive. Start worrying about yourself, not a $500+ billion company.

  • jhowland

    I can’t see why they couldn’t offer the smaller capacities with cellular, I wanted an 8gb wifi+cellular to complement my 32gb iPad 2

  • Tamás Nagypál

    you are lucky… 8gb version is not enough for me, and the 16 gb version will cost 349euros… and it’s pretty expensive i think

  • tayloradubose

    i think other tablet manufacturers are shaking in their boots.

  • tayloradubose

    Not sure about $250 for an 8GB model when I can get a 16GB Kindle Fire HD for $50 less. I know they will sell tons of these, but if a parent is going to get one for their kid, they may want to play less for more GB and get a better screen. I guess it all depends on the apps.

    I think you’re wrong. No one, with a brain, will buy a kindle over one of these things.

  • technochick
    Is 8GB enough for school use, especially high school? Digital textbooks can be 1GB or more. The idea of having more books in your iPad than your backpack is slowly disappearing.

    Seriously? I’ve downloaded lots of books from iBooks and most are a few 100 KB. That’s less than 1 MB. Meaning I could fit around 10,000 of those on 8GB.

    For 1GB there would need to be a lot of video content in the textbook.

    Most of them do. Especially science texts.

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick

    I really don’t see them NOT using a Retina display on the mini. If you think about it, they are starting to add Retina displays to almost all of their products. Even macbook pro’s have them now. It’s only a matter of time before we see an Air with Retina too. I just don’t see it…

  • fteoOpty64

    WTF, $100 for 8GB increase ?!. Crazy. But still compared to other tablets of this range, it does look right for the price at $249. This is where Apple will sell lots into house holds as this form-factor is more kid friendly ….{ also adult friendly in mobility standpoint. for women, handbag friendly }.

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