If there was any question about how well the cellular version of the iPad mini would do in China, you should have your answer with this tip from Apple Store China—you’ll have to wait at least two weeks for an iPad mini of any kind. It’s not just China either, ship dates to customers for the iPad mini in the U.K. is two weeks as well and a week in the U.S. and Canada.
Reuters reports that according to their sources, the production of screens for Apple’s full-sized iPad has fallen to minimum levels at Sharp’s factory in Japan after a gradual slowdown began at the end of 2012.
The report notes that it’s not clear how much of this slowdown is due to seasonal changes or due to a shift in demand for iPad mini.
A recent survey by Japan’s BCN and published in the Nikkei pegs the market share of the Nexus 7 at 44.4% while the iPad came in just behind with 40.1%. According to the survey price was a big factor in the decision to buy a Nexus 7 over an iPad. But there’s an interesting wrinkle in the survey timing that might explain the drop in iPad marketshare.
I have to be honest, I haven’t seen a Microsoft Surface Tablet “in the wild” yet. Granted I also haven’t been wandering the coffee shops and other places I might find one lately, but the times I have been out and about I’ve seen plenty of iPads (very few other tablets though). And short of the very sad looking Microsoft pop up store I saw over the holidays, the Surface Tablet hasn’t hit my tech radar—except online. Ian Betteridge of Macgasm has seen one in the wild and makes an few interesting points about why Microsoft made this push now. Ian is certainly onto something, I think.
Lots of sites are looking back at 2012 to review the year gone by, but while there is no doubt it’s been a pretty exciting year, I thought I’d start with a look at the year to come and make a few arm waving predictions about what we might see. Well, a few arm waving predictions and a good number of pretty sure bets as well.
When we were gazing into the tea leaves of the iPad mini launch in China, there was lots gloom around the lack of crowds on launch day. Would the iPad mini be a flop in China where low cost (okay cheap) Android options have flooded the market? Looks like the technology Cassandras were a little quick to judge because iPad minis are sold-out in China and Hong Kong and demand for them is “insatiable”.