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ipadoct131While new iPads headlined Apple’s press event earlier this week, the original iPad Mini received a price drop to $299, as well as a slightly different coat of paint.

According to reports from around the web, Apple has started replacing the black model of its iPad Mini in its retail stores with its new, Space Gray sibling, bringing the first generation Mini in line with the iPhone 5S and upcoming iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display.

Apple wasn’t clear on the reasoning behind the color change, though MacNN speculated it may have something to do with the relative difficulty of painting the device black.

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