Wall Street Journal reports production of iPad mini has begun.
Given the release of the new iPod touch last month, this is a very interesting move by Apple, but it almost makes sense. With Google, Amazon and even Barnes & Noble pushing 7-inch devices you had to expect Apple would try to come in at some point. The one issue with this though will be pricing. The iPod Touch starts at $299 for 32GB and the iPad 2 starts at $399 for 16GB. It’s almost as if Apple has backed themselves into a corner with pricing because $350 (splitting the difference here) for a 7-inch device is pretty high comparative to costs of the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD.
The one area that seems to still remain slightly hidden are the features of Apple’s mini iPad. If they do in fact want to compete in that space while keeping pricing somewhat competitive (remember Apple has never been one to play the pricing game) you have to wonder if they will be giving up features to get the right price. Will Apple go the first iPad route and just get something out or will they try to make a proper miniature version of the new iPad?
It’s safe to say that the next few days will be interesting as more and more keeps leaking out. Given how much came out on the iPhone 5 prior you can’t help but wonder if the same will happen here.
my guess is its going to sell starting at $300. i would hope it would start $250 but i don't expect it to. my guess is its going to have similar specs to the iPad 2. i would like for it to have Retina but I'm not sure apple would do that on a "1st Gen." product.
Now if they came out with a 7inch device with Retina, and 16,32, and 64 GB options as well as 3G it would be something i would consider buying. i prefer the 7inch size for these types or tables. its large enough to watch movies and still small enough to carry around easily in a large pocket. i have the Nexus 7 and find it to be the perfect size.
Now I don't see myself leaving the Nexus 7 for an iPad mini, but if I did, it would be because of Apple Newsstand. I am longing for a great magazine experience which Google Play doesn't provide in Canada :(
i think apple will make one at the $250 to $300 price range but its going to be wifi only and probably only 8GB. Now if they also have one with Retina and 16GB starting at $399 i think it may work then because people will look at the cheaper one and see the major upgrades for only about a hundred bucks more.
but i agree with you, Apple sells a premium product and they know people will pay more for the apple stickers.
It really does seem like they've backed themselves into a corner with the iPod, but they could technically justify the price disparity simply because it's a different market aiming for different users. It wouldn't be the total truth, but since when does that stop any big company?