Consumers are already satisfied with current iPhone and iPad models.
A survey conducted by deal aggregation site TechBargains has found that just 18 percent of consumers plan to purchase the iPad Mini, with 50 percent stating they simply weren't interested in the revised tablet. Comparatively, 45 percent of readers in the survey said they were planning to purchase the iPhone 5 upon its release.
TechBargains believes the low interest in the smaller tablet is due to the fact that Apple fans are already satisfied with the iPhone as well as the existing iPad models. They added that consumers don't see the need for a 7.85-inch tablet, which is especially true when considering the number of similar-sized tablets already available in the market. So what would customers want from a smaller iPad?
"When polled on the most desirable features for the new iPad Mini, 78 percent want a USB Port, 77 percent desire a Retina Screen, 75 percent hope for a memory card slot and 74 percent would like better speakers than the current iPad," the site said.
"The survey revealed that about one in four consumers believe the starting price of the iPad Mini will be $299 and nearly one in five believes it will start at $399. When asked about the display, 55 percent of consumers believe it will be a 7 inch tablet. Additionally, 68 percent of consumers believe it will be called the iPad Mini, in line with the current rumors."
The survey itself was conducted on in August and drew in responses from 1,332 consumers.
As for the iPad Mini, which has been the potential reason for Apple's recent share price drop, the device is scheduled to be revealed on October 17, with alleged leaked images of the tablet recently emerging.