iPad mini to cost €249 says supposed inventory snap

Apple’s teeny tiny tablet could have been given a price tag already, as the iPad mini has reportedly popped up in a retailer’s inventory system.

German-language site mobilegeeks.de spied the image below on a blog, and reports that it shows inventory used by retailers Media Markt and Saturn. A bunch of different iPad mini variants are listed, with the cheapest being an 8GB Wi-Fi only model.

That’s given a price of €249, which equates to about £200 when you run it through a currency converter. That may not be the actual price of the much-anticipated gadget, if and when it actually goes on sale however — tech companies, including Apple, rarely stick to straight currency conversions.

The potential low price could make any smaller iPad a worthy competitor for wallet-friendly tech like the £160 Google Nexus 7 or Amazon Kindle Fire HD. I’d certainly like to see Apple trying its hand at a cheaper tablet.

This leak directly contradicts a recent rumour, which suggested the iPad mini would be Wi-Fi only. The supposed inventory listing clearly shows 8, 16, 32 and 64GB versions of the iPad mini in both Wi-Fi only and cellular flavours, and coming in schwarz or weiss black or white.

So when will see Apple’s mythical machine? The iPad mini is tipped to debut at an event on 23 October. I’ve seen some convincing leaked casings, but as usual Apple itself is keeping quiet on all fronts. As such you’d be wise to take any iPad mini news with a pinch or two of salt for now.

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Image credit: Flo’s weblog