New research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) shows that the iPad Air and the Retina iPad mini accounted for 57% of the total number of iPads sold in the U.S. during the holiday quarter, eclipsing other iPad models available from Apple. The iPad Air and Retina iPad mini, which launched only on November 1st, accounted for 41% and 16% of total iPad sales, respectively. The fourth-generation iPad that was available in stores until the iPad Air was launched accounted for 13% of sales, while first-generation iPad mini sales made up 25%. Only 5% of sales were iPad 2 units, a number significantly lower than the 27% registered in the December quarter back in 2012. More →
Apple finally added a Retina display to its popular iPad mini tablet this past November, but severely constrained supply may have left a substantial number of consumers Retinaless this holiday season. According to a new report from Digitimes, however, there will be more than enough to go around next quarter. The site points to data from its own research arm in stating that Apple’s iPad lineup was the best-selling tablet line in the world heading into the holidays, thanks in large part to aggressive Black Friday promotions from a number of retailers. The iPad mini with Retina display, however, wasn’t even available from some retailers. According to Digitimes, any manufacturing issues Apple’s partners were having appear to have been resolved and iPad mini with Retina display shipments are expected to reach between 5 million and 6 million in Q1 2014. The site’s sources believe demand from Asia will heat up during the Lunar New Year holiday and pent-up demand elsewhere will also likely see Apple continue to sell the new iPad mini as quickly as its partners can build it.
Santa may have an easier time finding the Retina iPad mini in stores this Christmas than initially anticipated, as Apple’s online store has dropped shipping times down to 1 to 3 business days from the earlier 3 to 5 business days estimate, MacRumors reports. The shipping estimate is the same for any Retina iPad mini chosen from the store, regardless of color, connectivity or storage options. Pricing starts at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, while the most expensive iPad mini with Retina display is the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular version that retails for $829. More →
“If you’ve already nailed down a use-case scenario for a tablet in your life, this one’s worth the premium.”
Listen, I don’t have the greatest history when it comes to tablet relationships. We have… a checkered past. I was pitched on this fabled third device long ago, but I can’t help but feel that we’ve all been hoodwinked. I’ve found myself maximally productivity on a flash-based laptop, and on the go, with a phone at least keeps me in the game. I’ve been struggling to figure out how a tablet fits into such a workflow for years, and after living for a while without one, I talked myself into giving the whole thing another whirl. More →
Apple’s Retina-equipped iPad mini is still in short supply at the start of the holiday shopping season. AppleInsider flags a note from Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore, who surveyed more than 100 retail outlets over the past few days to figure out both supply and demand for a range of Apple products during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. More →
Walmart on Friday announced that its 2013 Black Friday campaign has been a smashing success, with the store delivering “the biggest shopping day of the season,” even though not all its online customers were happy after Walmart’s website experienced some snafus. The retail store revealed that over 1 million customers took advantage of the One-Hour Guarantee promotion offered on 21 products this year, while the company said it processed more than 10 million transactions on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and its website registered nearly 400 million page views on Thanksgiving Day. In total, more than 22 million customers did their Black Friday shopping at Walmart. More →
Apple’s decision to give the iPad mini a Retina display is certainly an improvement from the original device’s display but at least one display expert thinks it’s still “lagging” behind both the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX. DisplayMate president Raymond Soneira this week knocks Apple for supposed “poor planning” when it comes to the Retina iPad mini’s display, which he says uses outdated technology that has been easily surpassed by its competitors. More →
Despite reports of supply constraints, the Retina iPad mini appears to be ramping up faster than the original iPad mini. According to a report from Digitimes, Apple ordered nearly 4 million Retina iPad mini units in November, more than the company did last year for the first-generation iPad mini. This follows what appeared to have been major supply constraints. Apple’s supply partners were reportedly having trouble producing enough Retina displays, which at 326 pixels per inch are the most pixel-dense panels Apple has ever made, and CEO Tim Cook admitted that Apple might not be able keep up with demand for the holidays. As a result of the supply constraints, the Retina iPad mini wasn’t released until nearly two weeks after the iPad Air was first made available, and when it was launched, you could only buy it online or with personal in-store pickup. Only in the past week have Apple stores begun selling the Retina iPad mini directly.
The quiet launch of the Retina iPad mini left a lot of potential customers out in the cold. Not only has availability been extremely limited, the only way to secure the new iPad mini has been to reserve one online for in-store pickup. It looks like Apple is working on one of those issues, as AppleInsider shares a report from Cantor Fitzgerald’s Brian J. White which states that three New York Apple Stores, including the Fifth Avenue location, now have unreserved Retina iPad minis in stock for walk-in customers to purchase. More →
If you haven’t secured a Retina iPad mini yet, you’re going to have to wait quite a while before you can pick one up. According to CNET, three of the largest U.S. wireless carriers, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, all have the cellular version of the second-generation iPad mini on backorder. Verizon’s earliest shipping date is now December 2nd, AT&T is showing 21 t0 28 days for shipping, and T-Mobile says it could take 6-8 weeks before orders start arriving. The Wi-Fi version is still only available on Apple’s website, but orders are showing just 1-3 business days for shipping on the 16GB and 32GB models. If you’re in the market for an iPad before the holidays, Apple’s supply shortage might make the iPad Air the only viable option.
After months of rumors and heavy anticipation culminated with a curious unveiling that lacked a firm release date, Apple finally launched its second-generation iPad mini last week. Chatter on social networks suggests those who picked up the new tiny tablet over this past week are quite pleased with their purchases, and early reviews of the iPad mini with Retina display couldn’t sing it enough praise — as was the case with the iPad Air when debuted. But while the two tablets are very similar in most ways, one reviewer found that the display on the smaller slate falls short of the Air’s class-leading panel. More →
Apple surprised anxious fans around the world earlier this week when it quietly launched its new second-generation iPad mini tablet in the middle of the night with no warning. Those who had been eagerly awaiting the new high-definition mini slate scrambled to place their orders as soon as they woke up and read the news — and therein lies Apple’s logic in debuting the new Retina iPad mini so quietly. According to Internet Marketer Ed Dale, this was a carefully calculated move on Apple’s part, and a smart one as well. More →
The Retina iPad mini is expected to be in short supply through the holiday season and into 2014, so those looking to purchase Apple’s tiny new tablet in a store often need to use all the tools at their disposal. One of those tools, unfortunately, was recently ripped off the Internet when Apple sent lawyers after its creator. Good news, Apple fans: a similar service has returned and it lets you check all of your local Apple Stores for Retina iPad mini stock. Of course, for those who don’t want to brave the elements and deal with stores, it looks like there is still plenty of inventory to be purchased online. At the time of this writing, Apple’s website listed a shipping quote of 1-3 days for 16GB and 32GB Retina iPad mini models in either silver or slate gray. All other models ship within 5-10 business days, meaning orders placed now for any model will arrive long before the holidays come around.