Last year Apple finally released the iPad mini. This tablet was rumored for quite some time and it was believed that Apple was releasing it just so it could establish a footing in the mid-range tablet market. That particular niche of the global tablet market is largely dominated by Android tablets manufactured by a number of companies, including Amazon and Google/Asus. According to a new report from Digitimes, their unnamed sources claim that 64% of all iPad shipments in the previous quarter were courtesy of iPad mini.

Apple is also rumored to be working on two new models of iPad mini, which will be released this year. Recently we heard rumors about a cheaper iPad mini, which wouldn’t bring a new display technology, but would come with a relatively low price tag of $200. The Retina display iPad mini is expected to be released this fall and will probably retain the current price point of this tablet. If the iPad mini indeed led iPad shipments last quarter, perhaps it could be due to the fact that Apple has traditionally released new iPads in March, and prospective customers might have held off their purchases in anticipation of a new model. What do you think?

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