A market analyst says Apple could be working on an even cheaper version of the iPad mini. This device could sell for as little as $200.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote “Apple might roll out a more affordable iPad mini to compete with Android products.” Rival tablets that run Google’s operating system like the Google Nexus 7 go for $200, while the iPad mini starts at $350.
A recent report from J.D. Power shows that iPad users are satisfied with many aspects of their tablets, but cost is not high on the list of reasons why. A model that sells for $200 or $250 might change that.
That’s the price range Kuo suggests is a possibility. To reach this, the analyst says Apple might reduce the amount of internal storage to 8GB and remove the rear-facing camera. There might also be room to save money in the production process.
The lower-cost version of the iPad mini might be on the market this fall. It certainly won’t be out before then — Apple CEO Tim Cook made that clear last week.
Take a look at our Apple iPad mini Review to see how the current model stacks up.