As we find ourselves in a lull of Apple’s iOS-gear release cycle, a couple months off the announcement of the new iPad but still several months away from the expected launch of the next iPhone, you should expect to see the Apple rumor mill really start ramping-up its output. That’s going to mean returning to a few threads that just don’t seem to die, including the rumors regarding a possible iPad mini. We start warming up today with another rumor addressing just such a tablet, including claims of a very affordable price point.
Prior to Apple’s announcement of the 2012 iPad, we heard a ton of speculation about an iPad that’s in the seven-inch range: it might arrive this fall, it might have only 8GB of storage, and it might sell for $350-400.
Today’s claim says that Apple is going to step-up the pressure on Android tablet manufacturers with an iPad mini that will sell for a surprisingly low $200-250. That’s a bit hard to accept in the light of the other major claim this rumor makes, that the iPad mini will keep the full-sized iPad’s 2048×1536 resolution.
If this is true, Apple might have to take a serious cut to its margins, if not sell the mini at a loss. Considering the kind of cash Apple has on hand, though, it might be willing to take the hit just to help kill-off competition from Android tablets.