Tech retail chain Currys and PC World have revealed their top ten predictions for Christmas best sellers, which includes an intriguing reference to an Apple “mystery product”.
Could this be the iPad Mini that’s been circulating in rumours almost immediately after the launch of the original iPad?
“The only product likely to knock the iPad off the number one spot is Apple’s latest launch, a product still to be revealed”, reads the press release. As neither PC World nor Currys stock the iPhone, this is unlikely to refer to the iPhone 5, and with iPod sales slowing and Mac products too expensive to make top 10 lists, a mini iPad seems a reasonable punt.
Mark Hosgood, Category Manager for e-readers and tablets, teased: “While it’s no surprise that the likes of the iPad and Kindle are going to be on everyone’s gift lists this year, we also think the tablet market as a whole could be a big winner. We are already selling three times as many tablet devices as we were this time last year, and I expect this number will continue to rise as we get closer to Christmas.
“Tablets have simply become one of the most popular gift options for customers. There’s much more of a variety on the market, the technology is miles more advanced, and the prices are coming down significantly so you’re always likely to find something suited to your budget. For example, you can pick up a decent tablet for as little as £79. The Google Nexus has already exceeded pre-order expectations in three days, and it’s clear that becoming a tablet owner is top of everyone’s Christmas wish list this year.”
The list in full is as follows:
1 Apple new iPad, from £399.99
2 Kindle e-reader, from £89
3 Google Nexus 7 tablet, £199.99
4 Apple mystery product, £TBC
5 Krups, Dolce Gusto, from £89
6 Kindle Fire, £TBC
7 Goji Tinchy Stryder: On Cloud 9 headphones, from £19.99
8 Dyson DC44 vacuum cleaner, £TBC
9 Tefal Actifry, from £179
10 Nikon S3200 compact digital camera, £TBC