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Apple's iPad mini will make up about half of Apple's total iPad shipments in 2013

The fact that Apple's iPad is predicted to steal much of the tablet market share next year is no surprise; however, the fact that the iPad mini may outpace the iPad 2 and the new iPad is certainly interesting.

According to DisplaySearch, which is a global market research and consulting firm, Apple's iPad mini will make up about half of Apple's total iPad shipments in 2013.

Apple expects to ship a total of 100 million iPads in 2013. Out of that total, DisplaySearch predicts that the iPad mini will account for about 50 million of those shipments while the new iPad and the iPad 2 will ship about 40 million and 10 million respectively.

DisplaySearch further predicts that there will be a total of 170 million tablet shipments in 2013 (from all tablet makers, not just Apple). If Apple were to achieve the 100 million shipments, it would have about 60 percent of the market share.

For 2012, despite being released in October, the iPad mini is holding its own concerning sales. In Q3, Apple shipped 1.6 million, and for Q4, the tech giant is asking panel makers to ship over 12 million.

This is an interesting prediction, considering many saw the iPad mini as being far too expensive for a 7-inch tablet (starts at $329) when so many others in the 7-inch arena typically start at $199 (i.e., Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD).

The iPad mini was unveiled in late October of this year. It sports a 7.85-inch display, a 1024x768 resolution, dual-core A5 processor, 16GB/32GB/64GB storage options for $329/$429/$529 respectively, a lightning connector and LTE capabilities for an extra $130 to those sticker prices.

Source: Display Search Blog

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RE: The bigger the better
By JackBurton on 12/15/2012 10:47:13 AM , Rating: 2
You sure about that? I bought both (iPad 4 and iPad mini).

RE: The bigger the better
By Mitch101 on 12/15/2012 10:52:04 AM , Rating: 2
What would be your incentive to upgrade in the next 2 years?

RE: The bigger the better
By JackBurton on 12/15/2012 4:42:49 PM , Rating: 2
Don't really plan to upgrade the iPad 4 for awhile, but as soon as the retina mini comes out, I'm upgrading the mini.

RE: The bigger the better
By themaster08 on 12/15/2012 6:27:15 PM , Rating: 2
Purely out of curiosity, what is it that you do on the iPad Mini, that you don't/can't with the regular iPad and vice versa? I personally can't see how owning both is nothing more than functionality overlap and complete redundancy.

RE: The bigger the better
By JackBurton on 12/15/12, Rating: 0
RE: The bigger the better
By Gondor on 12/16/2012 1:36:55 PM , Rating: 2
Right, so while you may have paid for both you actually bought one for yourself and the other one for your wife, and you find no use in owning two devices at the same time. I think we get it now.

RE: The bigger the better
By JackBurton on 12/16/2012 5:05:15 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I don't think there would be any reason for me personally to own both. However my wife wasn't interested in an iPad 4. She wanted something smaller so it wasn't like the mini was eating into an iPad 4 sale.

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