By Daniel Shane
Limited edition 24kt device could retail for around US$5,000; restricted to just 250 pieces
A 24kt gold-plated edition of Apple’s new mini iPad device is to go on display at Dubai Mall’s Collectors Palace from November 15.
Limited to just 250 pieces, the glitzy design is the work of UK luxury brand Gold & Co, previously responsible for similar gold-plated editions of Apple iPhone and iPad devices.
When it goes on sale, the model will set consumers back significantly more than the mini iPad’s typical RRP of US$329, however. While Gold & Co has not confirmed the price of the new device, the company has previously sold gold-plated editions of Apple’s iPhone for up to US$5,000 a piece.
Unveiled in October, the iPad mini is the latest iteration of Apple’s line of consumer tablet devices. It features a smaller, 7.9 inch multi-touch display, front and rear cameras and the latest version of Apple’s operating software.
While grey market imports of the mini iPad have already started appearing in shopping malls across the UAE, Apple has not set an official release date for the device in the Gulf state, although some experts believe it will go on sale before the end of November.