Apple has not yet even acknowledged the existence of the iPad Mini, but pricing and configuration information for the much-rumoured tablet is allegedly already appearing in the inventory system of a consumer electronics giant.
A mock-up of how an iPad Mini could look.
The iPad Mini will come in 16 different memory and wireless configurations, according to an inventory system screenshot obtained by MobileGeeks. The screen capture allegedly comes from the internal inventory system of Media Market, Europe's largest electronics retailer.
The page — in German — lists pricing for various configurations in euros, presumably with Europe's 19 per cent value-added tax already factored in to the price. Prices will start at €249 (AU$314) for a Wi-Fi-only 8GB iPad Mini, with other memory configurations of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB also available. The high-end 64GB 3G version is listed at about €500 (AU$630), presumably with 4G long-term evolution (LTE) capability.
iPad Mini rumours have been swirling for months, with various sources reporting that the device will feature a 7.85-inch display and go on sale for a price that's far cheaper than Apple's current, larger, tablet.
Apple has reportedly already begun mass production of the new tablet, which is expected to be introduced on 23 October. However, one Asia news outlet has reported that production issues will delay its debut.
Apple has reportedly ordered 10 million units of the unannounced tablet for the fourth quarter, roughly twice what Amazon reportedly ordered for the Kindle Fire for the same quarter.