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The king of tablets continues its reign

The "iPad train" continues to roll over the competition and bring in massive profits for Apple. Apple announced the fourth generation iPad and the new iPad mini two weeks ago, and both officially launched on Friday.
Today, Apple announced that it sold three million Wi-Fi only fourth generation iPads and iPad minis during the first three days of availability. This is double the figure of the 1.5 million third generation iPads with Wi-Fi that were sold during its launch weekend in March. Unfortunately, Apple doesn't break down the sales mix between the two devices, but we'd assume that the cheaper iPad mini made up the bulk of the sales.
Apple is only talking about Wi-Fi versions of the fourth generation iPad and iPad mini because the LTE version of those tablets won’t ship until mid-November.

“Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis. We're working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand.”
For those who need a refresher, the iPad mini starts at $329 (16GB), includes an A5 processor, and a 7.9" display with a resolution of 1024x768. The fourth generation iPad looks exactly like its third generation predecessor, but includes a faster A6X processor and a new HD camera for FaceTime.

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This is good.
By retrospooty on 11/5/2012 12:16:56 PM , Rating: 2
I like the idea of an ipad mini. It's a good size too. Small and light and just a bit bigger than the Android 7 inchers. 1024x768 is OK at that size. Not great, but OK.

Its a good unit... Just priced too high for what you get though. For $199, I'd be hard pressed to not buy it.

RE: This is good.
By tayb on 11/5/2012 1:02:13 PM , Rating: 4
I still don't understand the form factor. I've never once been in a scenario where I thought my phone was too small but my iPad was too large. I don't mind the idea of a 7" tablet but the only reason I'm even interested is because Asus is selling it for dirt cheap. To each his own but I feel the same way about mini tablets that I did about netbooks.

I don't even think the iPad Mini is a good unit. I'll forgive the screen resolution on a 7.8" device but the innards are a major let down. It's using two year old chip hardware. For $329 it needed to have the A6. At $199 the A5 would have been acceptable.

RE: This is good.
By retrospooty on 11/5/2012 1:12:15 PM , Rating: 2
Ya, but that is like cars... Different people, different wants and needs. I find a 10 inch tablet too big. If I am going to lug that around, I will just get a laptop and be fully functional. The 7 inch is a good size for portability and ease of use to many people. Also, think about the size of an average notepad that you might take to a meeting to take notes... Think about how big a paperback book is. Both teh same appx size as a 7 incher... Perfect size for e-readers.

RE: This is good.
By Nortel on 11/5/2012 1:24:09 PM , Rating: 2
Its an excellent size for a kid from say grade 1 all the way to grade 9. If you have an ipad for say the father/mothers use and your kid wants one, why buy the full sized ipad when a smaller version would be more appropriately sized. Heck, I know people who find the ipad too heavy and just want something lighter.

RE: This is good.
By aliasfox on 11/5/2012 3:55:46 PM , Rating: 2
If I'm just sitting on a couch, I have no problem holding up/propping up a 10" tablet for extended periods of time - in fact, I do. If I get tired, I can put the tablet on the bed/coffee table/next to me on the couch. But if I'm riding on the train or subway and may not have anywhere to put the tablet down, the lighter weight of a 7-8" tablet could be appealing - for example, try holding a hardcover book in mid air 18" from your face for 30 minutes, then try it with a magazine or a paperback.

Another potential benefit is for 'walk around' type jobs - salesmen, survey takers, voter registration, and portable cash registers. These are jobs where it's somewhat awkward to handle a 4" screen, but where you wouldn't want to carry a 10" screen around with you if you don't need it.

Probably better for specific-use cases, as I actually believe that a 10" device is a better web appliance. My iPad can replace my computer in most web surfing activities (the on-screen keyboard is pretty much full-size and fine for typing out short things like this), I don't think I would be comfortable saying the same with something much smaller.

RE: This is good.
By kmmatney on 11/5/2012 7:31:44 PM , Rating: 2
They would have been much better off making an iPhone "Large" (Galaxy Note 2 sized) rather than the iPad mini. I have another year left on my 4S, but if I was buying now it probably be a Note 2. They'd make a killing with a product like that.

RE: This is good.
By TakinYourPoints on 11/5/2012 9:28:22 PM , Rating: 2
Same here. A Kindle Paperwhite e-reader is great for books (the best) but that's all you do with it.

If you want to do more with your device (web browsing, apps, games) then these smaller tablets really aren't very good. You lose a lot in functionality to gain portability, and for me it isn't worth it.

RE: This is good.
By Azethoth on 11/5/12, Rating: 0
RE: This is good.
By augiem on 11/5/2012 6:27:44 PM , Rating: 2
For $199, I'd be hard pressed to not buy it.

Yeah, me too. Apple really ought to sell at cost. </sarcasm>

RE: This is good.
By Reclaimer77 on 11/5/2012 6:30:19 PM , Rating: 2
Wait wait, is this really Retro? Man this post is a let down bro :(

They took a bunch of leftover iPad2 parts, including a two year old CPU, and threw it in a cheap non-retina display form factor. Not impressed.

I'm also not a fan of the 4x3 aspect ratio. My Kindle fits in my coat pockets nicely, the iPad would not. Don't see the point of a smaller tablet that doesn't even increase it's portability, but that's just me.

For $199, I'd be hard pressed to not buy it.

Yeah but it still runs iOS...soooo nah, I'm not hard pressed.

Come on bud, don't pretend to be a moderate now after fighting the good fight so long. Team Droid!!! :)

look at how he is holding the small one
By Granseth on 11/5/2012 12:20:21 PM , Rating: 3
Isn't that a problem that you can't have a good grip on Ipad mini without touching the screen?
I haven't noticed it before looking at how awkward he is griping the one in the thumbnail-picture for the video.

By ShaolinSoccer on 11/5/2012 12:58:37 PM , Rating: 2
ya, I agree. they should've made the border equal all the way around.

RE: look at how he is holding the small one
By Shadowself on 11/5/2012 1:46:31 PM , Rating: 2
Apple modified their iOS so that if your thumb touches the screen from the side by a moderate amount it ignores that and only registers touch input from the rest of the screen. This has been documented as working fairly well in reviews/tests on a few other websites. Thus this does not seem to be an issue.

My problem with the iPad mini is its price. For what you get, personally, I believe it's about $30 or so overpriced.

By Granseth on 11/5/2012 2:00:36 PM , Rating: 2
That would be a good thing, It just looked so awkward in the video.

And agree that the price is a bit high, and as I've said before, it has to small amount of RAM. I've got it's bigger brother, Ipad2, and since the specs are the same, the problems will be the same. And I've got a big problem with loosing text at web pages when I write something and switches between several sources, and even some apps have started to complain about to little memory. It makes me feel that the Ipad 2 is at it's end of life, and then they releases an exact copy thats been through a hot cycle in the washing machine.

By sdsdv10 on 11/5/2012 4:20:24 PM , Rating: 2
My problem with the iPad mini is its price. For what you get, personally, I believe it's about $30 or so overpriced.

Uh, don't you mean $ 130 overpriced? Just saying...

By Helbore on 11/5/2012 5:44:14 PM , Rating: 2
That doesn't help with part of the visible screen being obscured.

Sure, it helps with unwanted input, but who wants to view a webpage (or anything, for that matter) where their thumb is partially obscuring the display? To my mind, that's a rather bad design flaw.

But still continues to lose market share
By Gio6518 on 11/5/2012 12:37:47 PM , Rating: 2
Might be selling well.... But it's going to suffer a smack down from android just like their phones getting being pushed down to 16 percent

Cue Tony with the financial reports

RE: But still continues to lose market share
By Tony Swash on 11/5/12, Rating: 0
By StevoLincolnite on 11/5/2012 4:27:53 PM , Rating: 2
Not entirely accurate tony.

Surface RT sold out and that's not exactly a "Cheap" laptop, you can bet Microsoft had healthy profit margins on those. :)

By StevoLincolnite on 11/5/2012 4:28:24 PM , Rating: 2
I meant Tablet* Not laptop. Derp.

Where is an edit button!? It's been forever.

By retrospooty on 11/5/2012 5:35:29 PM , Rating: 3
"Surface RT sold out and that's not exactly a "Cheap" laptop, you can bet Microsoft had healthy profit margins on those. :)"

You have to forgive Tony. If it doesnt start and end with Apple, he is pretty clueless about it. Especially if it doesn't serve his agenda of making Apple look better than it is. Blinders anyone?

By themaster08 on 11/6/2012 2:07:07 AM , Rating: 2
Cue Tony patiently still waiting for the long heralded Android tablet wave, it's been promised since day one of the iPad and it hasn't arrived yet. Wake me up when it does.
I guess it's time to wake up, Tony...

"practically sold out"
By hughlle on 11/5/2012 1:48:22 PM , Rating: 2
This phrase caught my eye. "practically sold out of iPad minis. We're working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand"

If this were to be accurate, even working on a half half sales basis, if they sold 1.5 million mini's in 3 days, can they really produce them at the level of say 500,000 mini's a day? Sounds like typical advertising hogwash to me. Or is it that following the initial surge sales figures plummet?

RE: "practically sold out"
By Gio6518 on 11/5/2012 1:54:44 PM , Rating: 2
This phrase caught my eye. "practically sold out of iPad minis. We're working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand"

It's part of their marketing strategy........see video

RE: "practically sold out"
By aliasfox on 11/5/2012 4:16:00 PM , Rating: 2
No, of course not. But you're not going to have that same level of demand after the first couple of weeks - that's why Apple announces these products a week or so in advance, just to get people salivating.

Three million in 3 days =/= 90 million in a quarter. Even in the holiday quarter, they'll probably sell about 1/4 of that amount, pretty heavily loaded to:

- Launch week. Has mindshare due to fresh launch and reviews
- The week after Thanksgiving. Gift sales

I'd be surprised (but not shocked) if they get to 30 million units of iPad (all types), but no way will it sustain the same sales rate as launch week.

That is not impressive..
By imaheadcase on 11/5/2012 12:16:52 PM , Rating: 2
Considering you can use them overseas.

AND ???
By Dr of crap on 11/5/2012 12:31:32 PM , Rating: 3
Do we REALLY care how many "X's" that they sold, or how many ANY gadget any company sold.

This is just plain PR and nothing else.

I won't run out and buy one just because they sell a bajillion of them, never have never will. But Apple lives for this kind of thing. NEW....Shinny...Faster... got to have one mentality.

RE: AND ???
By ShaolinSoccer on 11/5/12, Rating: -1
By StormyKnight on 11/5/2012 11:14:32 PM , Rating: 2
Apple has maxi and mini pads. Priced so high I doubt Always has anything to worry about...

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