If Apple now sells the ipod touch for 299 how can they ever offer the iPad mini for 249 or 299 as people seem to be expecting?
Because they’d be two different products.
It is an interesting question if you want to over-analyze it, but we saw how far that got us all with the “iPhone 5” name. If Apple releases an iPad mini and it costs $249, it will be because that’s what they feel they can sell it at. We’ll see.