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iPad mini 2 with Retina will reduce iPad 5 sales

Under: Tablet PC
By:Daniel | June 8th, 2013

We have had the luxury of owning and testing every iPad and iPhone generation in the Phones Review office, and one notable change last year was the introduction of a smaller tablet from Apple. Now that we look towards the iPad mini 2 release date, expected with a Retina display in fall, it looks like the upcoming iPad 5 sales won’t do as well thanks to the success of its smaller family member.

The original full size iPads might not have delivered to those that found them a little bulky, but if you wanted iOS on a tablet then you had no choice other than a 10-inch option. Last year that all changed, and at first we couldn’t understand why Apple would want something around 7-inches considering Steve Jobs comments on this topic in the past.

After getting hands-on with the 7.9-inch iPad mini with a much smaller bezel, it all started to make sense. We even traded in a number of our full-size iPads for the smaller iPad mini thanks to the screen being just 2 inches smaller, but the device felt much lighter and smaller thanks to the thinner bezel.

Apple iPad mini 2 with Retina and iPad 5 sales – it will be win-win for Apple and we’re sure they’re happy for either tablet to be the biggest seller. At the start of last month we saw a report about the iPad mini vs. iPad 4 sales and it revealed the smaller option was eating into the iPad 4 sales in a big way.

This isn’t expected to change with the iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 sales. In fact, we expect the iPad mini 2 to become even more popular and eat into the success of the iPad 5 even further than the current generation, which is due to the fact a lot of people are waiting for iPad mini 2 to release rather than upgrade just yet.

Apple’s secrecy over how long it will be before a release date only makes the situation worse for how long people will wait.

One person in this exact situation stated, “My wife has an iPad 3 and I have an iPad mini. I’m still not sure which I like more. The mini is really easy to handle but the iPad 3 has a Retina display that’s awesome. If the iPad mini 2 arrives with a Retina display, I won’t see any advantage in an iPad 5 unless it brings something radical”.

Will you be purchasing an iPad mini 2 or iPad 5, and if so what makes you choose between the different sizes? You might want to take a look at some iPad 5 cases that one company is banking on a launch much earlier than expected.


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  • Mathew

    dont u tell us when u r gonna make ipad ,mini 2

  • gamerscul9870

    iPad 5 all the way, bigger is better! Mostly iPad is the biggest tablet!

  • Ongtk

    Having used both iPAD and iPAD mini, at the end of the day I still prefer my bigger iPAD and even then that’s a first generation unit only. There is nothing like a bigger screen to view and do your stuff.

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