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iPad Mini Expected to Sell Nearly 1.5 Million This Weekend

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
    Maybe so but I won't be one of those.
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  • computernerdforlife
    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
    While I like the in general just fine this iPad Mini thing does not excite/tempt me at all.
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  • kracker
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Is it enough to turn the Apple stock around, though?
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  • halcyon
    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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