iPad mini launch doesn't generate iPhone lines at Apple Stores

The iPad mini, which was announce in late October, is now on sale at many Apple retail stores, along with the fourth generation of the iPad tablet. However, it looks like the reaction from the Apple faithful to these products is not generating as much interest as previous iOS product launches.

Reuters reports that there were about 50 people in line at the Apple store in Sydney, Australia before it opened earlier today, but those lines were much longer when Apple debuted new iPhones. It was much the same at the Apple store in Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea, where they state there were 100 people in line.

News.com reports that at the iconic Apple Store in Fifth Avenue in New York City, the line to buy the 7.85 inch iPad mini started at 10 pm Thursday night. However, the Apple Store did not open to the public at 8 am as previously announced. Instead, it will open at 10 am.

Of course, New York City was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy a few days ago. However, the fact that people are still lining up to get an iPad mini even as the city struggles to recover shows that some people still want their new gadgets, no matter what. One of the first people in line, Andrew Li, came from Queens and he doesn't even have any power at his home at the moment.

Source: Reuters

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Apple spent 40% more on R&D this year than previous years - at 3.4b, up from 1.8b in 2011 (still less than 3% of their earnings) this is placing them #54 of top 100 companies, with google at #26 and MS in the top 15.

Both MS and google spend at least 10% of their revenue on R&D. MS has something to show for it. As does google. For apple, I guess when you litigate rather than innovate you spend more on lawyers than R&D. http://crave.cnet.co.uk/mobile...r-jobs-patent-vow-50009420/

so they spend less on R&D and have less to show for it? and....? Looks like alot of money went into the batteries since they hold the best charge of tablets with resource hogging screens.

I know this is the big buzz word of the year but you do not need to innovate every product on every refresh, this is including google, ms, apple, samsung. sometimes it makes business sense to just do a small bump in specs.

srbeen said,
Apple spent 40% more on R&D this year than previous years - at 3.4b, up from 1.8b in 2011 (still less than 3% of their earnings) this is placing them #54 of top 100 companies, with google at #26 and MS in the top 15.

Both MS and google spend at least 10% of their revenue on R&D. MS has something to show for it. As does google. For apple, I guess when you litigate rather than innovate you spend more on lawyers than R&D. http://crave.cnet.co.uk/mobile...r-jobs-patent-vow-50009420/

It would be nice if they had a trade-in program. Let all of use iPad 1 owners trade in our abandoned devices for an iPad mini of same configuration.

Lots of B and C movies are in production right now. There might be a shortage of unemployed actors who are willing to line up for money.

It's a crap product so not surprised. I bet the mini 2 will have a retna display.

Apple really limited the hardware on the mini and it may bite them in the ass

To be fair, there were line at most Apple Stores, though not of the length of previous product launches. News articles like this only serve to indicate that Apple have become a victim of it's own success. The iPad mini (and 4th Gen) did generate lines and sell out of pre-orders. How many other tablets have done that?

The Nexus 7 is my preferred choice. Great value for money. Obviously it has a slightly smaller screen, but everything else is comparable/better. Especially now that they've increased storage and lowered price.

I really like the idea of the iPad mini, but I'll be waiting for the second generation with a Retina display. It's just not worth it right now.

I suspect a lot of kids are asking for them for christmas, so itll pick up during December.

Aside from that, why get an expensive 7 inch tablet when you can get a cheap fire or nexus7 for half the price?

I have an iPad 3, like many, and I dont see me buying something smaller for no good reason.

Christmas at hour house:
Parents - "Merry Christmas dears!" (hand the kids their gifts)
Kids - "Boo! At least we have the gift receipt and can return this crap for an iPad". (after opening their gifts).
Narrator - "At least those kids know quality and a good thing when they see one. Instead for settling for an crappy UI on a crappy OS"
END OF SCENE...

azz0r_wugg said,
I suspect a lot of kids are asking for them for christmas, so itll pick up during December.

Aside from that, why get an expensive 7 inch tablet when you can get a cheap fire or nexus7 for half the price?

I have an iPad 3, like many, and I dont see me buying something smaller for no good reason.

NeoPogo said,
Christmas at hour house:
Parents - "Merry Christmas dears!" (hand the kids their gifts)
Kids - "Boo! At least we have the gift receipt and can return this crap for an iPad". (after opening their gifts).
Narrator - "At least those kids know quality and a good thing when they see one. Instead for settling for an crappy UI on a crappy OS"
END OF SCENE...

//Another slide swoops in from the side//

Narrator : Just kidding, heh, we wouldn't want to rip you off of your hard earned money, now would we?

Parents : Here are your actual presents kids! <<hands the kids their presents>>. The eldest one gets a Surface RT and his little brothers and sisters get Kindle Fire HDs and Nexus 7s.

All of them : Yay!

Just bought a nexus 7, this is why: I waited to see what Apple had in store for me and after launching their iPad mini, reading the reviews, and Google launching their 32Gb Nexus 7 (for the same price as their 16Gb), I just couldn't find one single reason to buy the iPad mini. Plus I dislike the slippery metal casings on the iPads, whereas the Nexus 7 feels great in my hand. (last thing: no more iTunes crap!!!! -- YES!)

Croc Ography said,
Just bought a nexus 7, this is why: I waited to see what Apple had in store for me and after launching their iPad mini, reading the reviews, and Google launching their 32Gb Nexus 7 (for the same price as their 16Gb), I just couldn't find one single reason to buy the iPad mini. Plus I dislike the slippery metal casings on the iPads, whereas the Nexus 7 feels great in my hand. (last thing: no more iTunes crap!!!! -- YES!)

google play store is awesome too. im addicted to the free song of the day such a better product but the media loves to cozy up to Apple. whatever...

myxomatosis said,
They know the Retina version will be released in 8-9 months I'm waiting for the Retina version personally

Same here. See my above post.

It makes business sense. Release v1 now. and next spring make v2 which is a tad better, faster, lighter.

some will wait others will just buy now. I prefer the one year schedule to products but now things are going so fast, I would like the fastest processor as soon as it comes on on these devices. so if that is 6 or 3 months, so be it. does not mean you HAVE to upgrade. Just give more choice.

myxomatosis said,
They know the Retina version will be released in 8-9 months I'm waiting for the Retina version personally

"One of the first people in line, Andrew Li, came from Queens and he doesn't even have any power at his home at the moment."

His mom probably told him: "Everything in the fridge is spoilt. Go get some fresh fruit."

Edited by Ice_Blue, Nov 2 2012, 1:10pm :

Personally, I never buy first-gen anything. I can wait 7 months for the second gen that has a better processor, retina graphics and 1% thinner.

Tyler R. said,
Personally, I never buy first-gen anything. I can wait 7 months for the second gen that has a better processor, retina graphics and 1% thinner.

Will you abort your first born too?

FoxieFoxie said,

Will you abort your first born too?

I've aborted all my almost children, but when I decide to finally keep one it will still be my first.

Colin McGregor said,

I've aborted all my almost children, but when I decide to finally keep one it will still be my first.

Not sure if serious or joking... please be a joke....

who would want tech that is out of date compared to the current one?... they should of spent more time just making a smaller current one

neufuse said,
who would want tech that is out of date compared to the current one?...

It has nothing to do with tech. They should have used more magic.

neufuse said,
who would want tech that is out of date compared to the current one?... they should of spent more time just making a smaller current one

Biased reviewers?

Nah. Just hateful FanDroidBoi's and MS Fanbois hating on those who perfer different things than they do.

neufuse said,
who would want tech that is out of date compared to the current one?... they should of spent more time just making a smaller current one

NeoPogo said,
Nah. Just hateful FanDroidBoi's and MS Fanbois hating on those who perfer different things than they do.

ok apple zealot then tell us how its more advanced or powerful then the current ipad

NeoPogo said,
Nah. Just hateful FanDroidBoi's and MS Fanbois hating on those who perfer different things than they do.

Or, you know, just stating the truth

javagreen said,

Or, you know, just stating the truth

Im MS boy... i uninstalling os X for win8 in my mba. But android users are just dumb.
Poor boys.. with their CRAPPY gadgets, they dont like to see a real industrial design piece selling better.. Keep dreaming and spending money on android devices, that cost the half a month after released.

Colin McGregor said,

ok apple zealot then tell us how its more advanced or powerful then the current ipad

Because it's not, and it's not supposed to be.