iPad mini release date, pricing and pre-order announced

by: Chris SmithOctober 23, 2012

Now that you know what the iPad mini has to offer, we’ll also tell you when the device will hit stores and how much it will cost, since one of the battles we’ll be following this holiday Christmas is the one fought in the tablet market where Apple, Google and Microsoft are about to clash for market share and profits.

Unlike the Kindle Fire and the Google Nexus 7, which are selling at cost, the iPad mini will bring in some profits to Apple from sales – either company will also make money on the digital content sold on those devices – as Apple’s 7.9-inch iOS 6 tablet will be more expensive than its direct competitors.

We’ve seen a variety of leaks related to the iPad mini’s pricing scheme in these pasts weeks, but let’s look at the official numbers:

  • 16GB iPad mini Wi-Fi – $329
  • 32GB iPad mini Wi-Fi – $429
  • 64GB iPad mini Wi-Fi – $529
  • 16GB iPad mini Cellular + Wi-Fi – $459
  • 32GB iPad mini Cellular + Wi-Fi – $559
  • 64GB iPad mini Cellular + Wi-Fi – $669

Each of the versions above will be available in either black or white and Apple announced pre-orders for October 26, with the device expected to launch on November 2 (Wi-Fi versions) in various markets – and Apple listed a lot of countries during the presentation (US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK) so expect to see the device in plenty of stores around the world in the coming months.

The Cellular + Wi-Fi versions will hit stores two weeks after the Wi-Fi versions, but all models can be pre-ordered starting with this Friday. Are you buying an iPad mini?

  • Remus Popoviciu

    I open this site every day because IT IS an Android related site. And I am more then frustrated to see information about Apple products. Please stop this… you destroy a really good reputation and loose some of your readers respect doing this. If I want to read about Microsoft and Apple, I go to Engadget or any other “tech” site.

    • I fully agree with you Remus. Android Authority…title says it all…please leave other OS news off this site!

    • Nevi_me


      May you please kindly stick to our subject

      • hasagf

        you guys are real geeks. how can you be so sensitive about apple products.

    • john


  • John Smith Android 3.1

    Such a miss with this product. A 8″ iPad mini with pretty much dated specs. This will be making a huge hit for the Nexus 7 at the $199 price point. Jelly Bean has made it’s mark already and Apple is becoming more embarrassing. I’m actually considering purchasing a Nexus 7 because the iPad mini offers nothing better.

    Also, why would the A6 processor being the best in the market not be in the iPad mini? and NO RETINA display?? At the $329 price point that would be the killer. To have the A6 processor and the Retina display would absolutely be the nail on the coffin with 7″ tablet market.

    • MasterMuffin

      But it will still sell thanks to iSheep

      • Ivan Budiutama

        iSheep will buy it no wonder there. But lately even iSheep started to get to their sense. Specifically, because how iPhone 5 as flagship is ridiculously a joke compared to how the notes 2 and its unique feature has to offer. I am no big fans of Samsung, their touchwiz is ridiculous and too apple-inspired to my taste. But seeing how it can knock many iSheep to move their heart (and returning their sense) I am impressed and hope next Nexus will be phablet with unique stylus features. That will surely destroy iPhone out of the league

    • Nevi_me

      My theory on why the mini has A5 is that they still had stock to waste. At least in 6 months time there’ll be the ‘new iPad mini’ with A6XX

  • John

    Unless you all in with the Apple ecosystem, I can’t see how anyone would take a miniPad over a Nexus 7.

  • Darktanone

    Yup! Absolutely! Getting the iPad Mini. It’s over for the competition this holiday season and beyond. Apple just went thermonuclear with the introduction of the iPad Mini and the fourth Generation iPad to boot. The lines will be long.

  • noah

    It’s quite an expensive low-cost ;-)
    A bit low on specs for that price.

  • That’s a cute iPad for the same people who buy miniature purse dogs because they can store it away easily.. I don’t get why it’s priced so high when the Nexus 7 is already out for a fraction of the price.
    Oh well, I made some memes to celebrate the announcement.

  • man apple sure love their 4x 3 aspect ratio

  • I am on androidauthority.com….. Confused?

  • olbp

    As Stevie would have said:

    Why is the mini pad to LARGE. I thought it was supposed to be 7″, not 8″?
    May as well buy the new new new maxi pad of the day if you want something
    THAT large. And, such a HUGE price for what you actually GET! Ugh!