Potential price point ... the leaked inventory list.

Potential price point ... the leaked inventory list. Photo: Florian Schimanke/schimanke.com

The one remaining mystery surrounding the iPad mini is how much will it cost, but now, a new image on the web appears to answer that question.

German tech blogger Florian Schimanke has posted what looks like an inventory list of the various iPad mini models. And along with the various models, the list includes prices.

Retina display ... may be coming to the MacBook Pro 13" model.

Retina display ... may be coming to the MacBook Pro 13" model.

According to the image, the iPad mini will be available in 16 different versions. It will come in both black and white and range in storage from as little as 8 gigabytes to as much as 64 GB. Additionally, the image indicates there will be versions of the device that can connect to mobile data networks.

The picture, which according to the blog comes from an anonymous informant, shows 8 GB versions of the iPad mini will go for $US320 ($312). But Gizmodo reports that the US price is likely to be $US249 ($242).

As it points out, Apple charges roughly the same figure in Europe for the third generation iPad as it does in America. It doesn't compensate for the foreign exchange difference.

As for the inventory list provided by the German blogger, the price goes up to €349 ($440) for the 16 GB model, €449 ($567) for the 32 GB device and €549 ($694) for a 64 GB version.

The mobile-connected versions of the iPad mini start at €349 for the 8 GB model, €449 for the 16 GB model, €549 for the 32 GB and €649 ($820) for the 64 GB versions of the device.

These prices are from an unofficial source, but if they are the price points Apple is looking at, it will have the most expensive lower-end tablet among the top players in the market.

By comparison, Amazon sells a 32 GB version of its 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet for $US249 and Google sells a 16 GB version of the 7-inch Nexus 7 for the same price.

The iPad mini is expected to feature a 7.85-inch screen, have an aluminium back cover, be relatively thin, come with two speakers and include Apple's new Lightning connector.

Meanwhile, a separate report suggests that the iPad mini may not be the only major new product the California company announces this month.

9 to 5 Mac's Mark Gurman says the tech giant also plans to announce a 13-inch MacBook Pro with a high-resolution Retina display, expanding the company's catalogue of Retina-enabled products. It already offers a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

The device is rumoured to be announced next Tuesday, October 23 (US time), alongside the iPad mini.

The 13-inch laptop is expected to be thinner and lighter than its non-Retina counterparts, and it is also expected to be available in two versions, with one having a faster processor and more storage.

If Apple follows what they did with the 15-inch model, which came out earlier this year, then the 13-inch model is not likely to have an optical drive. 

Analysts have been saying for quite some time that they expect a 13-inch Retina model. And now that it has been reported by Gurman, who was the first to report on the 15-inch Retina laptop rollout, it seems likely Apple will also deliver on the 13-inch version soon.

Los Angeles Times