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  • 'iPad Mini' Could Be Bigger Market Maker Than The Original iPad


    It's safe to say that the iPad Mini is coming. Following years of rumors and speculation, a compact iPad model with a 7.85-inch screen is being confirmed left and right across the supply chain and among leading industry analysts with their ears close to trusted sources.

    So when the iPad Mini finally rolls out, what will be the impact - both for consumers and for Apple?

    For consumers, says Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White, the device will likely be a big hit and a must-have device, particularly in emerging tablet markets like China, where the cost of the regular-sized iPad is out of reach for many. So large are these markets, however, that the iPad Mini may see an initial sales surge that even tops the major waves made by the first-gen iPad's release in spring 2010.

    In addition to the smaller price tag, the smaller size of the tablet will actually be a big selling point. "A 7.85-inch 'iPad Mini' would likely prove less obtrusive during social outings and more easily tucked into a purse or jacket than a 9.7-inch iPad," White believes.

    The analyst predicted that a smaller iPad would impact the larger tablet by a "relatively minor" range of 10 to 20 percent.
    "Although we would expect the 'iPad Mini' to have a lower margin profile versus the current iPad, the magnitude of the difference will largely depend on what features are left out of the smaller iPad and thus the gap could be relatively minor," White said, adding that the new iPad Mini will be priced between $250-$300 and launched later this summer or early this fall.

    Source: PCMag.com
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'iPad Mini' Could Be Bigger Market Maker Than The Original iPad started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      um DUH its going to be cheaper and more portable, therefore more ppl will buy it
      that doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      I'm buying one if it comes to fruition!
    1. Greatbiguns's Avatar
      Greatbiguns -
      Any chance I could throw my 4S Sim in here and use it as a phone? PLEASE.....

    1. STM127's Avatar
      STM127 -
      It's safe to say that the iPad Mini is coming.
      Apple Gives New Engineers Fake Projects Until It Trusts Them. | WebProNews

      I will doubt these rumors until I see proof. A summer or fall launch would mean production is already underway, but how many parts have you seen for this supposed new iPad. Strangely, I haven't seen any, but the new iPhone parts have already surfaced. WSJ and Bloomberg have predicted miniature iPhones since 2009. I don't understand how they are credible anymore.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Ya I was surprised when I saw them announce it on the local news this morning lol. About a month ago They also said Apple was going to be using liquid metal technology too the new iPhones lol
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenderRodriguez View Post
      um DUH its going to be cheaper and more portable, therefore more ppl will buy it
      that doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out
      Doesn't mean it will make as much profit.

      I hate how media acts like these tablets will be in the same market! They are two different markets appealing to different customers!!
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Anyone else getting tired of seeing obvious photoshop creations of smaller iPads just to "prove" they are on the way?

      Oh, by the way, here is evidence of the soon-coming Maxi-iPad, Mini-iPad, and Micro-iPad...
      Attachment 597022
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by tsatryan View Post
      Anyone else getting tired of seeing obvious photoshop creations of smaller iPads just to "prove" they are on the way?

      Oh, by the way, here is evidence of the soon-coming Maxi-iPad, Mini-iPad, and Micro-iPad...
      Attachment 597022
      It's really not the image that offers any type of proof to the matter. The image basically just depicts what the article is about.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by tsatryan View Post
      Anyone else getting tired of seeing obvious photoshop creations of smaller iPads just to "prove" they are on the way?

      Oh, by the way, here is evidence of the soon-coming Maxi-iPad, Mini-iPad, and Micro-iPad...
      Attachment 597022
      I want the Maxi-Pad! When's that coming out?!?! LOL!
    1. x0pa's Avatar
      x0pa -
      im so buying one!!!
    1. fbiryujin's Avatar
      fbiryujin -
      iPad + (Galaxy Note - Android) = iPad Mini?
    1. xLastWishx's Avatar
      xLastWishx -
      I don't think they're going to release an iPad Mini. I think they're going to use a larger display for the iPod Touch as well as the iPhone. I mean they haven't updated the iPod Touch line in so long and it's popular amongst teenagers and kids.
    1. powa's Avatar
      powa -
      Steve Job will wake up from his grave knowing Tim Cook is altering the screen size for both iPhone and iPad
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      I don't know if I believe this or not, but either way if false it's cool. If true, I'm buying one lol. I would like a bigger screen than what my iPhone offers, but I don't need one that's the full size of the current iPad models. Plus if I can save $200 or so it'd be worth it in my book.
    1. Greatbiguns's Avatar
      Greatbiguns -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      I want the Maxi-Pad! When's that coming out?!?! LOL!
      "Maxi-Pad", gotta love it!!

    1. LTechTalk's Avatar
      LTechTalk -
      I have an iPad 2 right now . If it comes out I will still buy it
    1. ChicagoV's Avatar
      ChicagoV -
      Quote Originally Posted by xLastWishx View Post
      I don't think they're going to release an iPad Mini. I think they're going to use a larger display for the iPod Touch as well as the iPhone. I mean they haven't updated the iPod Touch line in so long and it's popular amongst teenagers and kids.
      This seems to be the most plausible scenario, IMO...
    1. mustard05's Avatar
      mustard05 -
      This article starts with "it's safe to say the iPad mini is coming." The only thing safe to say is that this is another bullpoop rumor. This is simply more nonsense from an imaginary supply chain that always seems to get things wrong. And more nonsense about a product that will most likely never exist because it will end up being an iPod with a resized screen. This site could almost be helpful for iOS users. To bad following the rumor mill seems to be more of a priority.
    1. Chocolatesmurf's Avatar
      Chocolatesmurf -
      Agree* with biguns
    1. svolam's Avatar
      svolam -
      When there are so many mini pad available out in the market, how would this make big? I don't think iPad mini is going to make any impact