Up to 24 iterations of the Apple iPad Mini will be available from launch, leaked product tracking information suggests.
Sourced by Apple Insider, a rundown of SKUs, which are best described as catalogue numbers that are particular to certain retailers and are used to keep tabs on stock levels, indicates that four separate models of the slate (listed with the codes P101, P103, P105 and P107) are in the pipeline.
The codes are thought to refer to storage options, suggesting that the iPad Mini will come in an entry-level 8GB option, as well as mid-range 16GB and 32GB models and a top-end 64GB iteration.
The listing also distinguishes between the different iterations with the SHOUTY-CAPS adjectives "GOOD," "BETTER," and "BEST” and lists them in ‘A’ and ‘B’ variants.
The smart money is on the former being a reference to Wi-Fi-only, 3G and 4G connectivity. Meanwhile, the latter is being interpreted as a sign that, contrary to predictions that the iPad Mini will come in a choice of colours, it will in fact only be sold in standard white and black colourways.
Apple is due to lift the lid on its next tablet at a press call on October 23rd. Set to sell from around £200, the iPad Mini’s mooted spec sheet takes in a 7.85-inch screen, a dual core processor and the same smaller dock connector as the iPhone 5.