Despite stock outs, sales of the Wi-Fi only model exceeded most of their expectations
FORTUNE -- The actual number of iPad minis (as opposed to iPad 4s) sold over the past three days is still unclear. Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster put it at 2 to 2.5 million, despite the fact that 9 out of 10 customers his firm polled last Friday were buying the mini, and not the full-sized iPad 4.
But MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 5, 2012 11:18 AM ET
In pre-market trading, AAPL went from down $3 to up more than $8 on the news
FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) announced Monday that it sold 3 million iPads in the three-day weekend since sales of the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad began Friday morning.
The company did not offer details about how many of each model it sold, although the vast majority of customers who queued up on Friday were buying the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 5, 2012 9:03 AM ET
Android tablets -- from Samsung and Amazon -- took up the slack
FORTUNE -- IDC's report on the worldwide tablet market for the third quarter of calendar 2012 -- before Apple (AAPL) released the new iPad mini and iPad 4 -- show the growth of the global market slowing and Apple's share of that market falling from to 50.4% from 65.5% in calendar Q2.
"After a very strong second quarter, Apple saw growth slow as MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 5, 2012 8:33 AM ET
Meanwhile, a new survey shows a dip in the loyalty of Apple iPhone owners
FORTUNE -- Here are two Monday morning Apple (AAPL) news items that pull in opposite directions.
Aymco's Horace Dediu has published a series of charts that show the growth in the smartphone market share of Google's (GOOG) Android slowing over past six months while iOS is still gaining. See The late smartphone adopter paradox.
Meanwhile, a website called Tom's MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 5, 2012 7:27 AM ET
Analysts' estimates range from 800,000 to 3 million
FORTUNE -- Some queues for the iPad mini were shorter than expected. Others seemed unnaturally long. And when reports of stock outs began coming in, it wasn't clear whether demand was too strong or supplies too short.
Apple (AAPL), it seems, can't win the iPad mini expectations game. Take, for example, the sales estimates put forward by analysts for the first three days of sales:
Topeka MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 3, 2012 11:05 AM ET
Supplies are tight, say Shanghai scalpers, but should ease in a week or so
FORTUNE -- "iPad mini price fry the 3000 yuan cattle worried not sell."
That, according to Google Translate, is the headline in The Phoenix, a Chinese language website that covers the Asian tech market.
The thrust of the story is that although the Apple (AAPL) store in Hong Kong is selling 16GB iPad minis for HK$ 2588 ($334), the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 3, 2012 6:40 AM ET
Reports of disappointing crowds may have been premature
FORTUNE -- I'm seeing headlines to the effect that the iPad mini is drawing smaller crowds than previous Apple (AAPL) product launches.
I've only been to the flagship store on Fifth Avenue today, so I'm not in a position to generalize.
But shortly before 8 a.m., when the store usually opens for a new launch, I had a headcount of 550. According to the records MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 2, 2012 9:54 AM ET
We counted 550 customers two hours before doors were due to open
FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) pushed back the launch of the iPad mini in waterlogged New York City to 10 a.m. to give staffers extra time to get to work. But they neglected to tell the customers who were all queued up and ready to go at the company's flagship Fifth Avenue store by 8 a.m., when we shot this MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 2, 2012 9:06 AM ET
Despite blackouts and gasouts, more than 800 lined up to buy Apple's latest tablet
FORTUNE -- Turns out, if you were willing to catch the 5:30 a.m. shuttle bus from Brooklyn, the ride into Manhattan went pretty smoothly Friday morning.
Doors were originally scheduled to open at 8 a.m., but out of concern that some employees wouldn't make it to the store on time, Apple (AAPL) pushed the launch time pushed back MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 2, 2012 7:23 AM ET
Hundreds queued up in Sydney, Tokyo, Seoul, and Hong Kong
FORTUNE -- Friday's launch of the iPad mini -- scheduled to hit 34 countries before the day was through -- began overnight in a half dozen Pacific Rim cities.
The turnout wasn't as big as for a new iPhone, but if you wanted to buy the mini at an Apple (AAPL) store, you had to stand in line.
Below: The first videos.
Sydney:Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 2, 2012 5:07 AM ET
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