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They're just counting iPad sales, they just have two sizes now.
I wouldn't say it was 3 million people making uneducated purchases just because they're iSheep (although obviously some are), the rumours of the iPad mini being imminent have been around all year. I'm sure there were lots of people who were wanting and intending to buy an iPad and after finding out about the mini decided to wait until the form factor they wanted was released. Sounds like an educated decision to me.
System:Atari 2600 CPU:8-bit 6507 (1.19MHz) RAM:128 bytes Colours: 16 (4 on screen) Resolution: 192x160Originally Posted by The Mock Turtle
3M iPads is a good amount by anyone's metrics - well done. On the other hand I truly hope that this doesn't equate to an increase in Apple's share of the tablet market, since their current level is arguably not good for the consumer as it is.
ZDNet seem to have the same story. And a quick google for iPad trade ins shows a massive jump in typical trade in traffic, especially for the iPad 3.
Fair play to apple for providing the service, Its a great offer! Dont pretend its more than it is though.
Well, I added to their numbers as I ordered an iPad mini at the weekend.
I really wasn't going to get one - never owned an iPad before, always too big/heavy/expensive pointless..I was angered by the £269 price (+ £35 for the cover), and the lack of retina display.
I already own an Android tablet and a Playbook, and have owned a touchpad..and my phone is a windows phone. Definitely not an Apple zealot these days.
Then someone @ work picked on up last friday and brought it in - I picked it up and immediately wanted one. He has a nexus 7 too which was great as a comparison..but there is simply nothing to compare. You pickup the nexus 7 and it's very much.."meh this is nice", but then you pick up the iPad mini and it really does give that wow moment. Feels so much thinner/lighter/more substantial. I appreciate that this is all opinion and very subjective, but that is my opinion
Add to that the fact it has the lions share of tablet centric applications (that much is fact rather than opinion!) and it's definitely worth the extra £269 to me.
Plus the fact that morally Apple are not undercutting and stifling the OEM market like Google are with their Nexus range - right now ANY 7" tablet over £199 is "overpriced" and "Crazy expensive"..just because Google are making no money on their hardware as they know they make it back via your use of Google services.
Apples morals might not be the strongest, but Google are just as bad.
Regardless though, I am happy with my mini, and I will likely sell this for £200 next year and buy a mini HD..I am not a sheep, I simply enjoy good technology and don't fit in with the camp that think it's cool to hate a company that is successful.
I will be buying an iPad for the wife, not because I want to, but because it is the only thing that does the job she needs it for (as I have discussed in several threads already on here). As much as it pains me, no other tablet has the apps needed.
Apple is well aware of this particular need, have you noticed how their recent adverts have focussed on music creation or production? That is a market the iPad has completely sewn up.
Besides, with far more Android devices being sold, and the S3 having sold over 30M, I doubt that each one is sold to an "educated" users.
While I don't think that bandwagon hopping is a behaviour to emulate, I don't think that it's worse than any other vices or non-productive hobby where a person is spending their own money. What's the problem if they can afford it? Perhaps we just set the bar differently as to what we consider pathetic, but I rather not see the world as 90% pathetic (bit too depressing). Yet I can think of many worse vices than finding contentment in buying a shiny even IF it's to show off/copy others/fit in.
It does make me wonder if the iPad2 has a better screen??
It does appear to be. Also,it appears the iPad Mini 2 will have a higher resolution panel too.
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