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You seem to want to belabour one comment I made which really doesn't contradict the fact that Apple had a very successful weekend but since you keep bringing it up let me ask this.

If I went into a store and asked them if I could buy a 16GB iPad mini then what would Apple store staff have said to me last weekend?
 

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iPad Mini

Bought the 32 GB model, delivered day 1 from Apple. So far am very disappointed, I like the size but find screen print, especially when web browsing too small and while some text can be enlarged not enough for my needs. Also I am used to the humble, much despised Playbook and find it much easier and more responsive to use, I still believe if RIM can get it's act together and the programmers will write the apps Playbook will take it's place near the top of the tablet lineup.

I know everyome will point to the 250,000 or whatever number of apps available for iPads, but many of those are not that great either. I find the Playbook has enough to keep going for now and I hope for more and better apps in the months to come. For my main use, browsing the web and keeping abrest of the news I find Playbook superior. So my iPad Mini will probably find irself back with Apple tomorrow. Not knocking the IPad full size or Mini but it does not suit all tastes or uses.

Oh, and by the way, I paid the full original price for my 32 GB Playbook, $599, and am still happy with it.
 

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If I went into a store and asked them if I could buy a 16GB iPad mini then what would Apple store staff have said to me last weekend?
They would probably have offered to show you a 32 GB model.

I'm not arguing that this was a successful weekend for Apple, or that they should be pleased with the results. I honestly don't know what their goals or expectations were. They might have been trying to flood channels to maximize sales, or they might have been holding stock back to try and sell the higher margin models and create the appearance of shortage.

2 million iPad Minis sounds like a lot, but so does 1 million and 5 million, and I would have believed either of those numbers too. I don't think there's any way to look at this as a failure for Apple, but I also don't know if it exceeded their expectations. I do know that they did not sell out entirely, which doesn't surprise me (I said earlier I thought this would be popular but not on the scale of the full iPad or iPhone), but it might have surprised them.
 

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Selling out of one model does not mean they sold out of all of them; which is what typically would happen at an Apple launch.
 

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fionn Thanks for the thoughts on iPad mini v.s. Playbook. I am still rocking two PBs as well but was considering an "upgrade". Perhaps I will wait.
 
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