iPad Mini: Apple "mystery product" to be Christmas hit, say retail experts at Currys and PC World

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iPad-mini-2.jpgTech 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

Gerald Lynch

2 comments

  • Only if it is priced appropriately. Apple might price it at the SAME level as the iPad2 since it will re-use most of the parts, and they will argue that you are paying for miniaturization. It is Apple, because they can!.

    There is no doubt that Android tablets will mushroom on the 7 to 8 inch form-factor market  with very competitive prices compared to the Google Nexus 7. A lot of the China made/designed tablets now have powerful cpu/gpu units compared to a year ago. They have figured out that “throw-away” quality is not for long-term business. So the market is wide open for Xmas. Amazon releasing several models, maybe HTC as well as LG and Lenovo.

  • Only if it is priced appropriately. Apple might price it at the SAME level as the iPad2 since it will re-use most of the parts, and they will argue that you are paying for miniaturization. It is Apple, because they can!.

    There is no doubt that Android tablets will mushroom on the 7 to 8 inch form-factor market  with very competitive prices compared to the Google Nexus 7. A lot of the China made/designed tablets now have powerful cpu/gpu units compared to a year ago. They have figured out that “throw-away” quality is not for long-term business. So the market is wide open for Xmas. Amazon releasing several models, maybe HTC as well as LG and Lenovo.

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