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iPad mini: 4490mAh battery, priced 249-649 Euros?

A few more iPad mini rumors have surfaced prior to the device’s expected unveiling on Oct. 23. MacRumors has published two photos that claim to show the iPad mini’s battery — a 4490 mAh cell. Not surprisingly, this would be lower than the battery capacity of the new, power-hungry iPad by roughly two-thirds, a difference attributable to the smaller screen size and related power optimizations in the 7.85” model.


Another report, from Flo’s Weblog, via German site Mobile Geeks, claims to show internal screenshots of iPad mini models and pricing. The screenshots are believed to have come from German electronics retailer Media Markt, and purport to show both Wi-Fi and Cellular models of the iPad mini, listed from 249 to 649 Euros, though the Euro prices in Germany are generally close to their dollar equivalents. Wi-Fi models are listed as 100 Euros lower than their Cellular counterparts, suggesting a smaller price gap than the current $130 difference between Wi-Fi and Cellular iPads.

While these prices would logically fit within Apple’s current iPod/iPhone/iPad matrix, the sheer number of models—8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, each in black and white, and separate versions for Wi-Fi and Cellular—would be a massive manufacturing challenge for a brand new product, and an even wider variety of options than for the full-sized iPad.


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Wait, what? If accurate, this would mean Apple is going to release an 8GB iPad mini - a completely useless capacity for something like this in 2012, seemingly for the sole reason of having a $249 starting price point next to Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire HD starting price point. This in spite of the *obvious* facts that the Fire is 16GB at its $199 price point and the equivalent Apple product would be $349 - $150 difference between the two products, and a full $100 jump over the 8GB model just to add about $2 worth of storage (but reach a casual user’s level of utility). Then consider that at $249, the cheapest - but most useless - iPad mini you can get, you could grab a 32GB Fire HD, something that would cost you $449 from Apple. If true, this means they are going to actually manufacture a high tech device they don’t expect to sell purely for the purpose of being able to have ad print price points that *appear* comparable while trusting in the stupidity of consumers to not notice what they’re doing. The sheer cynicism of doing something like this boggles the mind.

Posted by Code Monkey on October 15, 2012 at 11:20 AM (CDT)


Code Monkey in Midstate New York makes a lot of sense…unlike this pricing.

Posted by JRuss on October 22, 2012 at 10:50 AM (CDT)


Actually the low price is quite cute - if this is reality.

For example, if you want a nice ATV3 linker up, to mirror the web, games and apps on the TV - it is cheaper than the cheapest Ipod Touch new release, and while the 8GB is very low, I can see this being a nice placement for a home system control unit with bells on. Of course that is if you want to stay 100% Apple.
I would be tempted; and if I wanted extra capacity while travelling, get one of these wifi harddrive things like Airstash to add some movies etc.
So not so crazy - I actually doubt it will be that cheap though.

Posted by VTTBoscombe on October 23, 2012 at 3:22 AM (CDT)

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