1. fmflex's Avatar
    Seems like Amazon might have just opened it up for Apple to charge more for the iPad mini. Theoretically if the 7" 16gb Kindle Fire HD is $199 and 8.9" 16gb Kindle Fire HD is $299, then Apple can easily charge $249 or $299 for a base (8gb or 16 gb) iPad mini and $349 or $399 for the larger (16gb or 32gb) version, since the iPad mini is rumored to have almost an 8" screen (especially if it will be retina)
    09-06-2012 03:07 PM
  2. Jeremy's Avatar
    Seems like Amazon might have just opened it up for Apple to charge more for the iPad mini. Theoretically if the 7" 16gb Kindle Fire HD is $199 and 8.9" 16gb Kindle Fire HD is $299, then Apple can easily charge $249 or $299 for a base (8gb or 16 gb) iPad mini and $349 or $399 for the larger (16gb or 32gb) version, since the iPad mini is rumored to have almost an 8" screen (especially if it will be retina)
    Doesn't look good with being a retina display.
    09-06-2012 03:53 PM
  3. topchinaprice's Avatar
    maybe $250-350.
    09-07-2012 10:55 PM
  4. Gators625's Avatar
    Doesn't look good with being a retina display.
    I honestly think that even though the PPI will be near the Kindle Fire/Nook, the screen can still look nice with IPS and the lamination technique used on the iPhone 4/4S.
    09-08-2012 09:42 PM
  5. ColetonAM's Avatar
    With the 5th gen iPod Touch starting at $299, there is no way the iPad Mini will start at anything less than $349, but more likely it will be $399
    09-12-2012 05:23 PM
  6. Timhewitt's Avatar
    You obviously like to give money away then. And I said $200-$250 range. Let me put this in perspective for you. Apple currently sells the iPad 2 at $400 in the 16 GB flavor. What makes you think they wouldn't sell a much smaller device with half the memory of that with a similar but smaller screen at $200-$250? A. Please don't mention any other Apple device like an iPod touch. Means nothing.
    You sticking to your prediction with the iPod touch now starting at $299? I know you think it means nothing, but really...
    09-13-2012 09:53 AM
  7. Jeremy's Avatar
    You sticking to your prediction with the iPod touch now starting at $299? I know you think it means nothing, but really...
    Yup. I was dead on with the dates for the announcement yesterday and release date of the 21st among other things along the way. No reason to doubt what I hear.

    And if I hear anything between the announcement and now, I will be sure to share.
    09-13-2012 12:27 PM
  8. Gators625's Avatar
    Yup. I was dead on with the dates for the announcement yesterday and release date of the 21st among other things along the way. No reason to doubt what I hear.

    And if I hear anything between the announcement and now, I will be sure to share.
    I know we've talked about this a lot already, but have you heard anything addtional about storage options? I'm thinking we'll only see a 8GB and a 16GB.

    Does the iPad 2 still stay around? That could have an iPad at pretty much every price...$199 8GB iPad mini, $299 16GB iPad mini, $399 iPad 2, then the rest of the line starting at $499.

    It will be interesting to see if the iPad mini offers a 32GB and/or if there will be any overlap in price between the Mini and traditional iPad. Just depends in the iPad 2 sticks around or not, I guess.

    I seriously doubt there would be a 64GB version...so I might actually just get one of the new iPod touches, but we'll see what the event reveals.

    Also, I think it's very telling that Apple now has the iPod touch at 16GB for the $199 price point. Sort of makes room for an 8GB iPad mini at a $199 or $249 price.
    Last edited by Gators625; 09-13-2012 at 01:11 PM.
    09-13-2012 01:09 PM
  9. Jeremy's Avatar
    I know we've talked about this a lot already, but have you heard anything addtional about storage options? I'm thinking we'll only see a 8GB and a 16GB.

    Does the iPad 2 still stay around? That could have an iPad at pretty much every price...$199 8GB iPad mini, $299 16GB iPad mini, $399 iPad 2, then the rest of the line starting at $499.

    It will be interesting to see if the iPad mini offers a 32GB and/or if there will be any overlap in price between the Mini and traditional iPad. Just depends in the iPad 2 sticks around or not, I guess.

    I seriously doubt there would be a 64GB version...so I might actually just get one of the new iPod touches, but we'll see what the event reveals.

    Also, I think it's very telling that Apple now has the iPod touch at 16GB for the $199 price point. Sort of makes room for an 8GB iPad mini at a $199 or $249 price.
    Honestly I do not. Things have been quiet lately.
    09-13-2012 02:31 PM
  10. Sosai X's Avatar
    So Jeremy, when is this smaller iPad going to be announced, and when will it be available? Inquiring minds want to know!
    09-17-2012 06:51 AM
  11. Jeremy's Avatar
    So Jeremy, when is this smaller iPad going to be announced, and when will it be available? Inquiring minds want to know!
    On track for October.
    09-17-2012 10:21 AM
  12. Ricardodelsidney's Avatar
    $199/$249 is my guess.
    09-17-2012 10:47 AM
  13. Phoqcey's Avatar
    It should definitely not be pricy in order to compete with Kindle.
    09-17-2012 11:12 AM
  14. Timhewitt's Avatar
    It should definitely not be pricy in order to compete with Kindle.
    They are not trying to compete with Kindle on price, and never will.

    Amazon sells Kindkes at cost, or thereabouts, and their business model s about making money selling content.

    Apple does not use that business model, and makes money on their hardware.
    09-17-2012 01:19 PM
  15. CrackedBarry's Avatar
    As some people have pointed out, with the iPod Touch @ 299$ I really don't see Apple launching an iPad mini in the same price range. It's two different devices, yes, but theres definitely some overlap/cannibalization.

    I think we will see the iPad Mini at 349$-399$ for a 16gb and 449$-499$ for a 32gb.

    Why? First of all, an 8gb version, especially when you don't have Amazon to stream stuff, will give your customers a subpar experience. It's just not enough space for content.

    Secondly, why go low margin and fight with Amazon and Asus for the 299$ crowd? Apple has ALWAYS been a high margin, top tier product. The 7 inch iPad mini is going to be introduced to offer Apples customers a choice in regards to device size, NOT to device price.

    It won't be introduced to cannibalize the ipad2 market, by undercutting the price severely and fight with Amazon et. al. over the budget market. Why would Apple want to do that? They're not even close to being pressured by the competition as it is right now.
    09-18-2012 01:42 PM
  16. KCMike's Avatar
    $199 would rock but it's wishful thinking. The iPod Touch is $249-$299. I'd bet my house the iMini will be $349.

    ---------- Post Merged at 08:37 PM ---------- Previous Post was at 08:32 PM ----------

    Why? First of all, an 8gb version, especially when you don't have Amazon to stream stuff, will give your customers a subpar experience. It's just not enough space for content.
    Um, how do you figure?

    Amazon Cloud Player
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/amazon-cloud-player/id510855668?mt=8

    Amazon Instant Video
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/amazon-instant-video/id545519333?mt=8
    10-01-2012 09:37 PM
  17. RealNeal's Avatar
    Apple likes to create a price spectrum in its products that overlap the next 'larger/nicer' product in the lineup. So I think $249 - $349 for the iPad Mini WiFi, and $399 - $499 for the iPad Mini 4G LTE, depending on memory. I think this is likely to be the case because it is unlikely the iPad Mini will have Retina display. This pricing structure puts it squarely between iPad 2 pricing and iPad 3 pricing.
    10-02-2012 07:26 PM
  18. mc511#CB's Avatar
    I say $250-$300 starting at 16 maybe. Thats being easy on price and specs. And Apple normally sells their hardware on profit so i cna imagine it being more expensive than the nexus 7 which i currently own.
    10-04-2012 12:30 AM
  19. fmflex's Avatar
    I'm calling it now - 8gb wifi $299, 16gb wifi $399. No LTE versions and iPad 2 goes bye bye. That's assuming dual cameras and retina display. If they strip it to basics then it'll be $249 and $349
    10-06-2012 12:46 PM
  20. Scottm42's Avatar
    Base model will be 16 Gig wifi at $249. Resolution will be 1024 x 768 or more likely, 1152 x 768.

    I think they will go with 1152 x 768 even though, similar to the iPhone 5, legacy 1024x 768 iPad apps will have to be letterboxed.

    Why 1152x 768? Why deal with more screen size fragmentation?
    -Competition with other small tablets. 7" Nexus 7 is 1280 x 800. 7" Kindle Fire HD is also 1280 x 800. Even at 1152 x 768, the iPad mini will be lower resolution, especially considering the 7.85" or so size.
    -Even ignoring the competition (not entirely unreasonable because of Apple advantages such as ease of use, massive ecosystem, and brand value), I think the improvement in the use of Safari, Mail, etc and the general improvement in user experience of a "sharper" screen will be worth the pain of supporting yet another resolution.

    My son has a late October birthday. My finger will be poised over the "buy" button at midnight on October 24.
    10-06-2012 01:41 PM
  21. boomhower1820's Avatar
    Im going with $299. They don't need to go any less as the market will bear that price. Any higher and it defeats the purpose of a cheaper iPad. A 2 is $399 and not many would buy a mini at just $50 less. Yes, there is a market that will buy it because of the smaller form factor but that market is a lot smaller than the one that will buy it because it's cheaper.
    10-06-2012 09:50 PM
  22. Timhewitt's Avatar
    No way it will be priced less than an iPod touch, or stripped down to 8G.
    10-06-2012 10:15 PM
  23. ItnStln's Avatar
    Has the iPad Mini been confirmed by Apple yet?
    10-10-2012 10:30 AM
  24. Timhewitt's Avatar
    Has the iPad Mini been confirmed by Apple yet?
    No. All still just rumor.
    10-10-2012 11:02 AM
  25. tbaptista's Avatar
    They are not trying to compete with Kindle on price, and never will.

    Amazon sells Kindkes at cost, or thereabouts, and their business model s about making money selling content.

    Apple does not use that business model, and makes money on their hardware.
    Thats a bummer! Not spending over $300 for any tablet. My daughter has the original Kindle Fire and I actually enjoy using it to read, watch movies and play games. I am really steering hard towards the new Kindle HD for $200 unless the mini is priced close to $200 which it doesn't sound like it will be.
    10-12-2012 10:25 AM
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