Apple Announces 3M Fourth Generation Wi-Fi iPads, iPad Minis Sold in 3 Days
November 5, 2012 12:01 PM
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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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RE: This is good.
11/5/2012 3:55:46 PM
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.
"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch
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