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iPad Mini Expected to Sell Nearly 1.5 Million This Weekend

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Third-generation iPad sold upwards of three million units during first three days of sale.

Despite the device's initial pre-order inventory selling out in just 23 minutes, Apple is expected to sell nearly 1.5 million units during the weekend. While it's a respectable figure, it doesn't represent the commercial breadth showcased by its predecessors.

According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, between one and 1.5 million iPad Mini units are expected to be sold this weekend, with the device launching across several regions today.

Comparatively, the third-generation iPad experienced over three million units in its first three days of sale. The iPhone 5, meanwhile, sold more than 5 million units during its opening weekend.

"We believe that over time that will change, and consumers will gradually realize the benefits of the smaller form factor iPad, which will drive adoption," Munster said, "although it may not take form in lines for tomorrow's launch."

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is also another reason why the iPad Mini is likely to be an underachiever for Apple, at least for now. The storm caused billions of dollars in damages to the East Coast and subsequently left Apple stores closed due to loss of power and flood damage.


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    kracker , November 2, 2012 10:30 PM
    Maybe so but I won't be one of those.
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    computernerdforlife , November 2, 2012 10:58 PM
    There you have it: 1.5million Apple ponds. Now we know how many ponds can't wait for the next CrApple product to be released. Call me an Apple hater if you want but I certainly don't pay more for the same computer technology on a proprietary system.
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    halcyon , November 2, 2012 11:06 PM
    While I like the in general just fine this iPad Mini thing does not excite/tempt me at all.
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    kracker , November 2, 2012 11:08 PM
    halcyonWhile I like the in general just fine this iPad Mini thing does not excite/tempt me at all.


    Of course. iSuck's don't tempt me either.
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    halcyon , November 2, 2012 11:13 PM
    Hey, at least the iPad's browser doesn't load those gosh-forsaken mobile versions of web pages like Android likes to do. Is there a cure for that in Chrome and Firefox??
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    ivanto , November 2, 2012 11:44 PM
    halcyonHey, at least the iPad's browser doesn't load those gosh-forsaken mobile versions of web pages like Android likes to do. Is there a cure for that in Chrome and Firefox??


    Web browsing is horrible on droid tablets in comparison to iOS and Surface. I played with iPad Mini and MS surface today. Mini is as good as "maxi" while IE was pretty good and rendered most sites flawlessly. Nexus is an epic fail when browsing. JavaScript sites don't work, swipe on Wordpress sites doesn't work at all, zoom in/out and tap to focus is jerky.

    Summary - Android web beowsing half baked, rushed product
    Win RT - very good
    iOS - very good
    -IvanTO
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    halcyon , November 2, 2012 11:51 PM
    ivantoWeb browsing is horrible on droid tablets in comparison to iOS and Surface. I played with iPad Mini and MS surface today. Mini is as good as "maxi" while IE was pretty good and rendered most sites flawlessly. Nexus is an epic fail when browsing. JavaScript sites don't work, swipe on Wordpress sites doesn't work at all, zoom in/out and tap to focus is jerky.Summary - Android web beowsing half baked, rushed productWin RT - very goodiOS - very good-IvanTO


    I think you're right...its very annoying.
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    echondo , November 3, 2012 4:32 AM
    Android Tablets displaying mobile version? You do know you can change the identity of the product so when on the Internet it masks the device as if it was a desktop and will load desktop versions, this is also doable on Android phones and has been available to even the early Android phones back in 2009.

    Last I checked, iPhones don't have this option and still don't have this option.
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    buckcm , November 3, 2012 6:10 AM
    Is it enough to turn the Apple stock around, though?
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    halcyon , November 3, 2012 6:29 AM
    echondoAndroid Tablets displaying mobile version? You do know you can change the identity of the product so when on the Internet it masks the device as if it was a desktop and will load desktop versions, this is also doable on Android phones and has been available to even the early Android phones back in 2009.Last I checked, iPhones don't have this option and still don't have this option.

    In my experience the settings in the browser to render the desktop sites doesn't work most of the time and I have to render the site multiple times for the desktop version of the site to render. THG is the perfect example and it happens on both my SGS3 and Transformer Infinity. Even the add-on for Firefox "Desktop by Default" doesn't work consistently. iPads don't have this issue whatsoever.
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    zulutech , November 3, 2012 6:58 AM
    Guys, guys. You know there's other alternatives for browsers on the Android platform right? Firefox perhaps?
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    halcyon , November 3, 2012 7:04 AM
    zulutechGuys, guys. You know there's other alternatives for browsers on the Android platform right? Firefox perhaps?

    That's what I'm talking about. Firefox, Chrome, and the native.
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    zulutech , November 3, 2012 7:05 AM
    There's also a setting to view desktop view, and I'm pretty sure there's a preference to change that to default in settings.
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    halcyon , November 3, 2012 7:10 AM
    Forever? So I never have to look at a mobile site ever again? I need to locate that setting for all 3 browsers.
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    zulutech , November 3, 2012 7:12 AM
    I think the in browser setting must be re(pressed? tapped?) for every new tab you open.
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    halcyon , November 3, 2012 7:33 AM
    zulutechI think the in browser setting must be re(pressed? tapped?) for every new tab you open.

    :/ 
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    morc001 , November 3, 2012 10:00 AM
    halcyonIn my experience the settings in the browser to render the desktop sites doesn't work most of the time and I have to render the site multiple times for the desktop version of the site to render. THG is the perfect example and it happens on both my SGS3 and Transformer Infinity. Even the add-on for Firefox "Desktop by Default" doesn't work consistently. iPads don't have this issue whatsoever.

    I don't know what could be wrong with your SGS3, but mine (International version), stock ROM, version 4.0.4 renders the Tom's US website both in the native and the Chrome browser perfectly on first load. Both open the mobile site by default and there's no option in either to always load the desktop site though. I tested one Java script site and it was sluggish in Chrome, but worked, although one layer partially rendered off-screen, so I could not click on the right button on it, nor I could zoom for some reason...
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    halcyon , November 3, 2012 11:05 AM
    morc001I don't know what could be wrong with your SGS3, but mine (International version), stock ROM, version 4.0.4 renders the Tom's US website both in the native and the Chrome browser perfectly on first load. Both open the mobile site by default and there's no option in either to always load the desktop site though. I tested one Java script site and it was sluggish in Chrome, but worked, although one layer partially rendered off-screen, so I could not click on the right button on it, nor I could zoom for some reason...

    Yeah, the fact that I have the US version (neutered version) of the SGS3 shouldn't make a difference. I have 4.0.4 as well and my carrier is Sprint (shouldn't be relevant). Oh well.
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    wemakeourfuture , November 3, 2012 11:52 AM
    At least Apple releases their numbers unlike Microsoft with Surface.
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    wemakeourfuture , November 3, 2012 11:55 AM
    buckcmIs it enough to turn the Apple stock around, though?


    It should rise about 10% in the next quarter do to stronger sales and earnings with the Christmas season along with Macro jitters of the elections being over. I think they're on target for close to $20 billion in profit for their next quarter, something like $55 billion in revenue. After that, its time to short AAPL. I have a whole thesis on that, don't want to get into it, too long :p 
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