With iPad Mini event invites rumored to head out today, interest in the iPad Mini has reached a fever pitch — but as much an awful lot of info as has leaked, there’s still a lot we don’t know. For one, what’s the connectivity going to be like? The Guardian is reporting that the first iteration of the iPad Mini will be Wi-Fi only:
Industry sources indicated to the Guardian that they do not expect to see 3G-capable versions of the iPad mini. That would allow Apple to produce it comparatively cheaply and to limit the top price of the product, while retaining mobile broadband connectivity for its pricier iPad line.
The Guardian’s sources also claim that the full-size iPad is due for a refresh in order to get on the 4G network of the UK.
If Apple really is trying to hit the magical, sub-$300 price point, revealing a super low-cost, Wi-Fi only version my be the best way to start — and would also allow Apple to focus on producing just the single version. However, it would be a major break from tradition with how the iPad is usually announced, offering both Wi-Fi and mobile data devices at the same time.