In possibly the most unsurprising piece of news so far this week, the as yet unreleased iPhone 5 is way more popular than the completely mythical iPad Mini. A survey of 1,900 consumers was undertaken by CouponCodes4U, asking which of the two devices was more appealing. An overwhelming 78% of those quizzed chose the 6th generation iPhone.
There are clearly huge reasons for this result. Firstly, the iPhone is easily the most popular portable communications device on the planet. Even in the quarter when the newest iPad was released, the iPhone still outsold it, despite coming to the end of its cycle. If the flagship tablet can’t outsell a 9-10 month old phone, what chance has – what most people think as – an optional/irrelevant smaller version?
Despite seeing a place in the market for it, I’m still not convinced that Apple will release a smaller iPad. Generally, Cupertino isn’t concerned with releasing products just to compete with the market pressure. Just because there are smaller, cheaper Android powered tablets around doesn’t mean that we’ll see an Apple one. When considering new products, to Cupertino’s designers, it’s about the experience and whether or not it’ll be great. It’s the reason we still haven’t seen a low-end iPhone.
That said, we do know that the iPhone makers are at least seriously looking in to the smaller iPad. But, as with the Apple TV set, if they can’t make it so that’s it’s genuinely great on its own, they won’t bother actually bringing it to market.
What are you most interested in? A smaller iPad or a new iPhone?