All eyes will be on Apple tomorrow, as the iPad mini officially launches. It’s a new product for the company, and a new market, so pundits and analysts alike are anxious to see how the 7.9-inch tablet fairs.

Starting at $329, a lot of people think it’s overpriced. And with its A5 processor and no Retina display, it’s been described as outdated. But that doesn’t mean that Apple won’t sell a ton of them this weekend…

Opening weekend is crucial for any new product, particular for Apple. If it doesn’t release some kind of announcement on Monday talking about how “blown away” they are by customer response to the iPad mini, you can bet that the “Apple is doomed” crowd will be out in full force. And right now, it doesn’t look good.

Gene Munster, an analyst from Piper Jaffray, believes that Apple is only going to sell between 1 and 1.5 million minis this weekend. That’s just about half of the 3 million iPad 3’s Apple sold in its first 3 days.

There’s a few reasons, though, for his reserved predictions. For one, Apple is only launching the Wi-Fi model of the iPad mini this weekend. So folks waiting for the + cellular version won’t be lining up at stores.

And it’s only been 6 months since Apple launched its last tablet, so the shorter refresh cycle could contribute to fewer sales. As could the fact that many in the NE US are still without power and transportation.

It’s also worth noting that Apple only sold around 300,000 first-gen iPads, and around a million iPad 2s during their opening weekends. So you’d think anything above that would be a bit of an accomplishment.

At any rate, make sure you join us tomorrow for all of the usual launch day festivities. We’ll be providing unboxings of the tablet, giving our initial opinions, and covering all other mini launch day news.

What do you think, will Apple beat the predictions this weekend with iPad mini sales?


  • FabianPVD

    Personally I think the iPad Mini will have a good turn out. Going off that initial pre-orders were gone within 48 hours? (I may be wrong.)

    I’ll be looking forward to my iPad Mini tomorrow, as it will be my first iPad.

    • Of course it will. People will buy anything if it’s shiny and made by Apple.

      • macboy74

        As opposed to buying a nexus 7 from google/asus that had the screen popping off of it before I even opened the box. You are right I will buy it from Apple.

  • mervynraj

    i thought google nexus 4 wud be cheaper but its not… and im not an amazon guy so ma obvious choice wud be ipad mini… i dont kno why ppl complain much about the pricing.. i think its fair.. if u want retina display go buy ipad 3… u cant expect everything to be there and expect it to be cheaper as well!!

    • FabianPVD

      Had an experience with the Kindle Fire this past summer, and I loved it because of the size, but it wasn’t what I wanted out of a tablet when I had some use with an iPad before. iPad Mini is an ideal buy for those who know what I mean. Can’t match the price but will definitely surpass quality and experience!

  • DomPerignon1

    I will not buy a smaller iPad 2, I’ll wait for at least the smaller iPad 3.

    • You mean iPad 4 the 3 has been dropped..

      • Dan

        I think he means that the iPad mini has the same specs as an iPad 2. Hence it’s a smaller iPad 2.

  • macboy74

    “Gene Munster, an analyst from Piper Jaffray, believes that Apple is only going to sell between 1 and 1.5 million minis this weekend”.

    Samsung, Microsoft, Asus and Google would dream of a weekend like this what a stupid thing to say. The problem with Apple is to much is expected of them.

  • iamnotfan

    Apple rolls out iPad mini in Asia to shorter lines| Reuters

  • I think a lot of people like me, will wait for the 2nd ipad mini which will likely be priced the same and have a better rear camera, retina display and an A6 or maybe even an A6X.

  • tsjten

    When i am using my nexus Tab I miss the touch of Apple iOS
    when I am using my iPhone I miss the customization of Android

    • That’s why some people JB their iOS devices.
      You have the touch and customization…

  • I love the design and quality details. Need to see(test) this beauty.