Let me fix this for you. "When will you chicken littles get it? SPECS DON'T MATTER. Unless they are in Apple's favor. Then they are the most important thing ever and we must use them to mock everyone else." The extra cost is for all the sand paper that is included with the iPad Mini. Because, in order to use an iPad that small you would need to sand your fingers down to 1/4 of the size. It's the truth. There have been studies.