Mark Gurman: iPad Mini Likely Starts at $329

Mark Gurman, one of the most accurate and connected individuals when it comes to reporting Apple rumors, has provided details about the pricing scheme for the so-called “iPad Mini” tablet.

According to Gurman, the base price for the Wi-Fi model iPad Mini will likely cost $329 in the United States, positioning the tablet as slightly more expensive than the fifth-generation iPod touch. That’s contrary to a recent rumor.

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.

Gurman adds that the iPad Mini will also be available in models that are able to connect to cellular networks in addition to Wi-Fi, although it is unclear if Apple will include support for 4G LTE networks alongside traditional 3G data. Apple does have an all-in-one chip that it uses to provide 4G LTE connectivity on the new iPad, so that hardware could easily find its way inside a smaller iPad.

Apple’s smaller iPad will also come in a version that connects to cellular networks. Like the third-generation iPad, these models will come at a $130 premium over their corresponding storage capacity in the WiFi-only line. This comes out to likely minimum price points of $459, $559, and $659 for the WiFi + Cellular line.

Apple is expected to launch the iPad Mini next week, alongside updated iMacs and Mac Minis, a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, iBooks 3.0 and more, at a special media event next Tuesday, October 23rd at 10:00 AM inside the California Theatre in San Jose. iFans will be providing comprehensive coverage of the event as it unfolds, so be sure to check back next Tuesday for an exciting day.


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