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Survey: Most People Not Interested in iPad Mini

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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.

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    Ironslice , October 12, 2012 5:32 AM
    I hope it fails.
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    Chairman Ray , October 12, 2012 6:03 AM
    Pretty soon, Apple will have exhausted all possible sizes. I predict that they are moving onto shapes next. Launching in 2013 - the iPad Circle: comes in 6 different radii. Own them all!
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    JOSHSKORN , October 12, 2012 5:42 AM
    Can't wait until it fails. Of course, sheep will want to own an iPad Mini to go along with their iPad, iPhone, iPod. iDon'tCare.
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  • 28 Hide
    Ironslice , October 12, 2012 5:32 AM
    I hope it fails.
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    joytech22 , October 12, 2012 5:35 AM
    They are late to a market that is already saturated with devices ranging from super cheap to super expensive and every little caveat in between.
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    reprotected , October 12, 2012 5:38 AM
    I would assume consumers want more universal compatibility and features rather than an iPad mini. It's just not needed unless someone wants a much smaller touch screen device, in which if they preferred an Apple product, the iPhone would suit it. It's not going to fit in a clothing pocket, and the 10 inch already fits in almost any bag or purse. There is no need to have it mid-sized, but hey, good for Apple if they can pull it off.
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    frombehind , October 12, 2012 5:41 AM
    Holy shit... there might be hope for humanity after all -.-
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    JOSHSKORN , October 12, 2012 5:42 AM
    Can't wait until it fails. Of course, sheep will want to own an iPad Mini to go along with their iPad, iPhone, iPod. iDon'tCare.
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    sixdegree , October 12, 2012 5:42 AM
    Nine in ten want to buy it right now if the price starts at $199.
  • 3 Hide
    bak0n , October 12, 2012 5:43 AM
    Better yet, you can spend even more money and get an Ipod touch!
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    cookoy , October 12, 2012 5:58 AM
    Steve Jobs cited some reasons why he thought 7" tablets would be DOA (dead-on-arrival). But heck, if others are selling a bunch of these, apple would like to grab a slice of the pie too. Hopefully the biggest piece.
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    Chairman Ray , October 12, 2012 6:03 AM
    Pretty soon, Apple will have exhausted all possible sizes. I predict that they are moving onto shapes next. Launching in 2013 - the iPad Circle: comes in 6 different radii. Own them all!
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    halcyon , October 12, 2012 6:39 AM
    I don't see the need for it but Apple will still sell a lot of them. My 13 year-old step-daughter dropped her iPad2 and shattered the screen. I've refused to get it fixed for her citing that she should learn a lesson. ...but maybe for Christmas I'll get her screen fixed...or buy this thing for her. {face-palm}
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    killerclick , October 12, 2012 7:01 AM
    Apple stock price drop is due to all the Windows devices being released soon. (you're welcome, analysts)
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    darkavenger123 , October 12, 2012 7:07 AM
    Hail Apple! They've invented the 7" tablet again! Expect Samsung to be sue for their 7" and 7.7" Galaxy tabs!!! Apple will patent the number 7"!!!!
  • 0 Hide
    bukbuk , October 12, 2012 7:12 AM
    Only i think here that Zak Islam is trying to show he doesn't promote Apple after all the last Articles?
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    DSpider , October 12, 2012 7:16 AM
    There already is an iPad Mini. It's called the iPod touch.
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    halcyon , October 12, 2012 7:19 AM
    darkavenger123Hail Apple! They've invented the 7" tablet again! Expect Samsung to be sue for their 7" and 7.7" Galaxy tabs!!! Apple will patent the number 7"!!!!

    I know this goes against a lot of what I've posted in the past but if Apple is going to continue to do the wrong thing by Samsung and others I hope they learn their lesson in this. They're (Apple) trying to play catch-up here and I'm not sure that's a good thing. Unless this 7" MiniPad (hey, that's a good name) has something truly special I'm not rooting for it. I'm beginning to be really glad that Samsung is grabbing the bull by the horns instead of letting Apple do whatever the heck they please.

    Playing catch-up is very revealing.

    P.S. For anyone who's wondering, you'll pry my Samsung Galaxy S3 from my cold...dead... crinkled...fingers.
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    one-shot , October 12, 2012 7:19 AM
    Quote from the Holy Book of Apple; Passage from Jobs 24:19-21

    "Thou shall exclusively buy Apple products, and when I release a new product, thou shall purchase it too, and spend long hours at Starbucks spreading the good word of Apple."
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    tanjo , October 12, 2012 7:31 AM
    They should call this iPad Touch. Wait... The iFad. (So incredible, it fits in your hand bag.)

    Next product... the awesomely new iMac Touch! Featuring all new powerful dual processors. Twice the number than typically normal PCs. And don't forget no Intel Inside! /s
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    halcyon , October 12, 2012 7:38 AM
    The world needs competition and I'm glad we have choices. Apple is on top and that means they're going to p*ss a lot of people off. ...but I think they should leave the 7" tablet market alone. If the MiniPad fails its gonna spell trouble and Samsung (and a lot of others) will be right there laughing.
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    doive1231 , October 12, 2012 7:48 AM
    The market is crying out for a fair priced 10" Tegra 3 or equivalent tablet so I don't think the market is saturated.
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    halcyon , October 12, 2012 8:04 AM
    doive1231The market is crying out for a fair priced 10" Tegra 3 or equivalent tablet so I don't think the market is saturated.

    Sounds like you're describing the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity.
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