It appears that interest in Apple's newest tablet is on the rise. According to a survey conducted by daily deals website TechBargains, interest in the iPad mini has risen to 33%, compared to 18% when the same survey was conducted back in September. That's almost double of what the interest was nearly six months ago.
We haven't been hearing much hearsay on the second-generation iPad mini. Of course, we know it's coming at some point, but today's leak seems to be the first out of many that we'll see in the coming months. Unconfirmed photos of what appear to be the rear shell of the second-gen iPad mini have leaked out onto the interwebs.
Apple has finally restocked its supply of iPad Minis in its online store. The device is listed as “in stock” in many countries including the United States, Canada, and many others. Customers in Europe are still being waitlisted, with the Apple’s website telling them that there is still a 1-3 day wait time. Due to supply constraints, Apple was only able to ship out 60% of its 10 million iPad Mini orders in Q4 2012.
If you own an iPad mini and are interested in a keyboard sized exactly for the miniature tablet, Logitech has a new offering you might be interested in. The tablet is called the Ultrathin Keyboard mini and is up for pre-order right now for $79.99. It's not clear when exactly the tablet will ship.
If you've been thinking of getting an iPad mini, it would seem that now's the time. Apple has updated its iPad mini listings on the US online store to reflect new shipping times: 1-3 days business days. Previously, Apple said it wouldn't be shipping out iPad minis until 3-5 business days after orders were placed, so this is something of an improvement.
This week we've been hearing our fair share about this next-generation Samsung device known as the Galaxy Note 8.0, and today it's become clear: the competition is on for the iPad mini. While the iPad mini's display is 1024 x 768 across 7.9-inches, the Galaxy Note 8.0 has been tipped as 1280 x 800 across 8-inches - that's just about as close as it gets without perfect replication. We've also seen a supposed early press image leak from the likes of a fellow by the name of @Clasificatearg that, even if it's not straight from Samsung, gives us an idea of how similar this device will likely be to the Apple offering both aesthetically and technically.
As Apple's financial Q1 2013 sales report looms (set for the 23rd of this month), Rob Cihra of Evercore Partners has updated projections on sales for the iPad, iPad mini, and everything in-between. Specifically regarding iPad and iPad mini sales, Cihra makes it clear that a 56 percent year-over-year growth is possible comparing Apple's sales of tablets in their financial Q1 for 2011, with a 71 percent boost appearing compared to the quarter immediately before the one about to be stated by the company officially. These numbers suggest the iPad market to be booming, but due to the projection here of iPad mini numbers alone, we're seeing some devouring of iPad sales as well.
Reuters reports that Sharp Corp has significantly reduced iPad screen production as Apple began to manage demand and shift production. Reuters cites two sources as claiming Sharp has almost halted production of the 9.7-inch screen used in the iPad. According to those two sources, Apple is shifting demand to the smaller iPad mini.
Apple has confirmed that the iPad mini WiFi + Cellular will land in China this coming Friday, January 18, alongside the 3G-equipped fourth-generation iPad with Retina display. The new tablet options - promised by Apple CEO Tim Cook during his visit to China last week - join the WiFi-only iPad mini and iPad Retina in the country, which have been on sale since December.