The iPad Mini is the worst kept secret in tech this year. Leaks and reports have pretty much confirmed the device will be launching sometime this month. Now the question is how many models will be available at launch. A recent report just might have the answer.
AppleInsider got their hands on a list of iPad Mini SKUs and the results are very surprising. It seems that Apple will be selling 24 different iPad Mini varieties at launch. The models will be a mix and match of various storage capacities, connectivity options and colors.
The SKUs have four different models listed that seem to indicate storage capacities. It's suggested that first SKU will be an 8GB model with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models presumably following afterward.
Strangely enough, the SKUs are being described as "good," "better," and "best." AppleInsider seems to think that this could relate to the wireless connectivity of the devices with "good' being Wi-Fi only and "best" being 4G LTE.
With storage and wireless connectivity, there will be 12 iPad Mini models available at launch. Add in the two different colors available - black and white - and you have 24 flavors to choose from. That's a pretty impressive number products for an untested device.
Interestingly enough, the report says that Apple will be shipping more of the entry-level 8GB devices to retailers than any of the other models. This particular model is expected to only cost $249. It would be a little more expensive than the 8GB Nexus 7, but it could still be a huge hit thanks to the iPad name.
Everything we've learned about the iPad Mini indicate that Apple is getting this right. They're coming out right before the holiday season with a device that will have even broader appeal among those who may be looking to buy their first tablet. The iPad Mini also has the potential to be a big hit among children due to its attractive price and large catalog of games.
We're bound to find out more next week as Apple's event is expected to take place on October 23. The iPad Mini may be the worst kept secret in tech, but there's still a lot we don't know. This latest SKU listing only answers a few of the many questions we still have regarding Apple's 7.85-inch tablet.