The iPad mini line was Apple's top tablet seller in the fourth quarter of 2015

The iPad mini line was Apple's top tablet seller in the fourth quarter of 2015
Thanks to the popularity of large-screened phablets, tablet sales have been dropping. Even the product that created the category has not been immune. Want to take a shot at guessing which of Apple's tablets was its best selling slate in the U.S. during the fourth quarter? According to a survey that was completed by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), the Apple iPad Air 2 was the individual iPad that sold the most during the quarter. But the two iPad Air models together combined for 40% of sales, short of the 47% captured by the Apple iPad mini series from October through December. That was up 47% from the 32% of sales that the 7.9-inch slab scored in 2014's last quarter.

As it turns out, the Apple iPad mini 2, originally released in 2013, was the best selling of the iPad mini line with the Apple iPad mini 4 (the latest model) in second place. The brand new 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro accounted for 12% of iPad sales over the three month period. Considering how pricey this tablet is (the device starts at $799) Apple should be pleased to see this particular unit account for such a large slice of iPad sales.

The survey was given to 500 shoppers who purchased Apple products from October through December.


source: CIRP via AppleInsider

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44 Comments

1. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

The iPad mini 2 works just as well as the mini 4 and has the latest version of iOS. All with a much cheaper price. That's why.

2. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Wouldn't waste my money on something as limited as an iPad or even an Android tablet when you can get full Windows 10/Android dual boot tablets.

8. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Get back to me when MS releases an 8" Surface. Love Windows tablets but they still can't beat the portability of the Mini.

20. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

I have a Teclast X89HD with 7.9" 2048x1536 screen, Z3736f, 2gb ram, 32gb memory and is exactly the same size as the iPad mini. It's not exactly the most powerful for gaming but can handle Half Life 2 reasonably well. And there's much better Windows tablets out there now running the Clover Trail SOC.

25. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

To each his own of course, but for what it does I'd rather take an iPad mini and not deal with 3rd party OEM issues (drivers, support, etc.) than have an 8" tablet that can run a few PC games. If MS were to make a mini tablet you get the best of both worlds. Then again, I don't use tablets regardless, so I'm probably not the best person to weigh in. Still, if I were to choose I'd use a tablet for reading and surfing, and a gaming PC for gaming.

44. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Really to each his own. I still prefer an ARM tablet over a x64 Intel tablet. ARM is thinner, lighter and i only use it to read Flipboard, read ebook and watch youtube. Even my Dell 7140 is an overkill, its heavier and hot not as comfortable to hold. The IPS screen while good is no where near the quality of a Samsung OLED screen. Night reading with a Tab S is much more comfortable. Commentator is right to each their own. I am sure Windows Tab user would gladly put up with the discomfort. For me, i like to use the right tool for the right task.

45. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

even windows tablets are thinner and lighter, and some OEM releases same Tablet to both platform, like Xiaomi mi pad 2 with atom x5 z8500

47. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am not against Windows tablet I also own them and I do own a Samsung Tab S 8.4. I prefer it over Win Tab for media consumption. Hold a Windows Tab in one hand and a Tab S in another and you will understand what I talking about. I can't do my programming assignment with my Tab S so I will use my gaming notebook or my Dell 7140 tablet which I also like very much. Every one has their own preference just like some like Kindle as a eBook reader. My lowest tolerance for a ebook reader is an OLED screen with reader mode to limit the blue light.

46. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Samsung is rumoured to be releasing a Windows tablet based on their existing Android tablets but basically swapping out the ARM soc for an X86-64 chipset which is exactly what many already do with tablets.

30. MuddyCow

Posts: 90; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

You mean Cherry Trail because Clover Trail are old Atoms.

48. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Would have said that too.

51. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Clover Trail was years ago, obviously you must be trolling. Windows 8/10 sucks as a mobile OS, have fun putting your tablet to sleep then discovering the battery is dead the next time you use it.

53. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

I got mixed up saying a Clover instead of Cherry so stop being such a dimwit and realise people make mistakes.

26. etron

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

Dont care for window tablets unless i want a tablet with a ton of viruses i prefer a android for the fact that it can do about 80 of what a window tab can do minus a ton of viruses

32. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

ton of virus? all you need to save from virus is an updated antivirus, and a brain and autorun virus from removable media or internet is so old news

42. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

No antivirus here (other than windows defender) Still never gotten a virus or malware I just scan torrented stuff with malwarebytes Easy as that if you know what you're doing

39. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

thanks but NO, it's horrible, as if the UI, interactions aren't optimized for touchscreen, as well as the third party apps. it feels like just swapping mouse with touchscreen.

3. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

8' tablet with phone os for that price, people must be really stupid and rich

4. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

I don't really have games in my phone so instead, I download games with my iPad. It is expensive but it's a very well made device that is perfect for games. So buying guide one is not entirely a stupid decision.

6. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

games on phone? well i dont want to be rude, i am pushing battlefield 4 on 1440p with 70/80fps and i think its time to upgrade to 4k g sync. tell me what games you play, but dont tell me that fruit ninja or other apple fanboy titles..

36. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

By your logic only hardcore AAA titles only have the right to be called real games. A game is a game. If you want to kill a few minutes while waiting in public, you don't pull out your gaming laptop and play Battlefield 4.

52. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

"I only play REAL games, not those stupid iPhone games. So excuse me nurse, while I whip out my laptop and play Fallout 4 using gsync with my gaming mouse and keyboard hooked up."

5. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I must be rich lol

7. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

i think your parents rich you just stupid,

9. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Lmaooo my parents I wish. Dude it was a joke but it shouldn't concern you how people spend their money. Now I'm not stupid and buy things I'm going to actually use. I'm an adult that works for my own stuff. You're the stupid one worrying about other people. Mmg

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Post of the day my dude. +100

12. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Why thank you sir. I've kept quiet but I'm always reading lol

37. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

he just got rekt lol

11. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I wonder if this is to blame for Apple thinking that their devices need to be even smaller, thinner and whatnot? even though they are more then thin enough...add more battery and whatnot.

13. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Good! I hope this means they'll speck for speck give it the same treatment as the iPad Air 3! I love my mini 4 and it goes with me everywhere and is a great companion to my nexus 6p.

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