iPad mini To Likely Start At $329 In The U.S.;13-inch Retina MacBook Pro At US$1,699

9To5Mac’s Mark Gurman says Apple’s entry-level price for the forthcoming smaller iPad will fall between the base model of the new, fifth-generation iPod touch ($299) and the currently shipping WiFi-only 16GB iPad 2 ($399). According to the site’s sources, the base model smaller iPad will likely be priced at a minimum of $329 in the United States, with two higher-capacity models selling at $429 and $529 – all configurations WiFi-only, and 4G/LTE cellular network compatible models offered at a $130 premium respectively at $459, $559, and $659.

If Gurman’s sources are correct, a lot of prospective iPad mini customers will be disappointed, as it’s been widely hoped that Apple’s smaller iPad will be more closely price-competitive with Google’s $199 Nexus 7 and Amazon’s $159 Kindle Fire, et al. Arguably, the extra value will be there to justify the higher price, what with the iPad’s larger display, front and rear cameras, Apple’s typical superior engineering, materials, and build quality, and access to Apple’s vast app ecosystem. However, it remains to be seen how that plays out in the market.

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro Prices Projected To Start Around US$1,699

9To5Mac also eports that Apple will reveal a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display on Oct. 23, along with new mini/iPads, Mac Minis, and iMacs, and say they’ve received pricing information on both the base model 13-inch rMBP and the top-of-the-line, to start at roughly $1,699, and with the higher spec model costing $200 to $300 more.

That compares with the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro starting at US$2,199.

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