Sinofsky Implicitly Calls The iPad Mini Expensive 27 October 2012bzamayo.com/sinofsky-on-ipad-miniAllThingsD: “These are fantastic machines,“ Sinofsky said Thursday, shortly after presiding over the Windows 8 launch. They’re not netbooks or bargain-basement machines. At that price, he said, you can get a computer good enough to last a student through college. “It’s $279”, he said, “Here we are, talking about seven-inch recreational tablets for $329.” A rather unsubtle dig at the iPad Mini. I don’t really get the criticism though, seeing as Microsoft’s cheapest Windows 8 tablet is $499.