The cheapest iPad Mini will be priced broadly in line with the likes of the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire, a photo purportedly showing an international inventory listing for the tablet reveals.
Sourced by German site MobileGeeks, the snap shows listings for several iPad Mini models, in four storage options: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, on an inventory that’s industry standard across the Asian and European markets.
Assuming what we’re looking at is the real deal, the entry-level micro-sized iPad will sell for €249. At current exchange rates that equates to a price point of around £200 when it reaches our stroppy little island.
The top-end 64GB edition with 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, meanwhile, features a putative price point of €649 – or about £520.
However, as keen Apple-watchers will know, those prices shouldn’t be taken as gospel. Not least because the Cupertino-based tech giant seems to set pricing on a country-by-country basis rather than adhering strictly to currency conversion rates.
Even so, the leaked price points certainly suggest an aggressive approach from Apple as it bids to head off the challenge from Android-powered, budget tablet rivals from Google and Amazon, which start at a shade shy of £160 in the UK.
Despite recent leaks to the contrary, Apple is believed to have kept the cost of the iPad Mini down by dispensing with a rear-facing camera and recycling parts from earlier iPad models.