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iPad mini release date, pricing and pre-order announced
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?