As Apple’s October 23 media event inches closer, pieces regarding what the company may announce are starting to fall into place. The company is expected to unveil a slew of new and refreshed products, including an “iPad mini.

Not much is known about the smaller tablet, outside of what it may or may not look like and what sounds like a November 2nd release date. But a new report is out today that claims to fill in at least one important blank: pricing…

9to5Mac is reporting this morning that it has learned that Apple’s so-called “iPad mini” will likely start at $329 here in the US, putting its pricing somewhere between the newly-introduced 5th generation iPod touch and the $399 iPad 2.

“Apple’s entry price for its upcoming smaller iPad is between the base model of the new, fifth-generation iPod touch ($299) and the currently shipping WiFi-only 16GB iPad 2 ($399). According to our sources, the base model of the smaller iPad will likely be priced at a minimum of $329 in the United States.

Two higher capacities of the smaller iPad will be available in the WiFi-only configuration. These will likely be priced at $100 premiums over each other at a minimum of $429 and $529.

Apple’s smaller iPad will also come in a version that connects to cellular networks. Like the third-generation iPad, these models will come at a $130 premium over their corresponding storage capacity in the WiFi-only line. This comes out to likely minimum price points of $459, $559, and $659 for the WiFi + Cellular line.”

The site says that it’s not positive on these price points. It all obviously depends on what price tag Apple puts on the entry-level iPad mini next week. But it seems fairly confident in the above pricing matrix, given the intel from its sources.

Honestly, $329 sounds kind of high in comparison to similar tablets from Amazon and Google, both of which fall under $200. So it’ll be interesting to see what features the iPad mini has that makes Apple feel that it’s worth $100 more.

On that front, we’ve heard that the smaller iPad will house a 7.85-inch display, though likely not Retina, and the internals of an iPad 2. We’re also hearing that it’s going to be extremely light, and thin, and likely have an LTE option.

The tablet is expected to make its debut at Apple’s media event this Tuesday in San Jose, alongside new Macs and supposedly a retooled full-sized iPad as well. We’ll be covering the event and all announcements, so make sure you tune in!

What do you think, is $329 too much for an iPad mini?

  • ConTroller

    and the Nexus 7 starts at $199 -_-

  • If these are the prices, then I’m probably not going to buy it. $249 would’ve been the perfect price for me. Now i can’t afford the base model. 🙁

  • Too much. $249 would be perfect.

    • Greg Hao

      I wouldn’t say perfect but I held out on buying the Nexus tablet thinking AAPL was going to be reasonable at price it at $250. Guess time to order my nexus tablet.

      • the Nexus is an nice tablet but it has the wrong OS (for me) ;P

  • It’s priced high because its Apple.. And it will just work.. You get what you pay for

    • With all the issues lately, that doesn’t matter anymore

      • Yet you still have a Apple device !

  • Guest

    These prices look like the format they used for the 3G iPads…WiFi only iPad Minis will most likely start at $199 with its 3G/4G counterpart being $129 more just like Apple did with the iPad.

    Of course, this is simply a guess based on past pricing conventions from Apple.

  • Guest

    Taking a page from Apple’s pricing history, these prices look like they’re for the 3G/4G capable iPad Minis. The 3G iPad was $130 more than the WiFi-only iPad ($629 vs $499). So if you base it on that, the WiFi-only iPad Mini should start at $199 which is right in line with the offerings from Google and Amazon.

  • Apple needs to chill with overpriced things

    • What did you expected? The iPod Touch 5g is 300$, ofc the bigger iPad Mini will cost more…!

      • SimonOrJ

        iPod Touch is already overpriced. -_-

  • Viktor_Zweig

    Definitely too high. I exchanged my iPad 2 with Nexus 7. The device is awesome since the update to 4.1.2. There is a market for high-end devices but there is also a market for small & efficient ones like Nexus. The key difference is of course pricing… I think that Apple may be making a mistake here.

  • Too expensive for no retina dislay.

    • With a price like that its possible that the retina display is what’s making it so expensive. At least I hope we will see this Tuesday for sure.

    • yess it will be suck without retina display..

  • I own every product apple brings out every year. Fuck it! Shut up and take my money!!!!

  • I was hoping $250 max for the base model.

  • Too much

  • Just buy an ipad2. my son, 14 wants a lap top. nah. Ipad mini or a ipad2. thats it. Thats a non retna pay off

  • Oh come on – that is insanely high. Kids don’t need retina display iPad Minis. They just want the thing to work. Offer two versions – retina and non-retina – and price the retina higher. But, maybe that is a step backwards. Hard call. $250 = perfect!

  • That is over priced for a 7inch tablet

  • toOoo much. I understand if it will be a 16gb one for $329, but for an 8gb. pffft! It’s tooooooooo much. ~.~ now I might consider the nexus 7, which is an awesome tablet too.

  • Johnathan Jennings

    For all the fuckers out there who got all mad at me when I said that it wouldn’t be below the $299 price of the iPod touch.. Fuck you! What now? Look who was right bitches. I said it would most Likly be $349. I was $20 off. Fucking losers, don’t doubt my abilities when guessing apple stuff. I know apple and I understand their business.

    • Omfg…get a beer dude…;D

    • Andrew

      Dayum! Jobs should’ve chosen you as CEO (Cost Estimating Officer)

      • Johnathan Jennings

        I agree! Thanks for your hospitality!:D

  • $329 is too much, $299 is a better price. It may only be $30 less but it would make the difference between buying it and not buying it for a lot of people.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    iSheeps will buy it no matter what the price or feature is… so it really doesn’t matter.

  • If Apple is serious about taking on Google and Amazon in the 7″ tablet market, they will price the iPad Mini to compete with the Nexus 7 and the Kindle. $329 is too high for a 7″ tablet, especially if it is only 8GB and non retina. If it starts at $250, I can see people buying it but Amazon and Google will make the argument that it doesnt have a retina display and they will still sell more. If Apple wants to DEMOLISH the competition, they will price it at $199 and watch the fireworks explode.

  • davred64

    Apple don’t know the meaning of exchange rate either $329 means £329 in the UK ! no thanks.