retina-ipad-mini-ipad-airWith Apple announcing the new iPad Air yesterday, we expect that there will be plenty of customers who can’t wait to get their hands on the device. After all the tablet has managed to maintain its screen size while becoming thinner and slightly narrower, thanks to the bezels being thinner than before. However according to reports, it seems that Apple has placed orders for only 10 million units for Q4 2013 for the iPad Air. While that number is still pretty impressive and could imply how many units Apple plans to sell, it is still a drop from the 14 million sold back in Q4 2012.

This number is expected to be offset with the iPad mini 2 with Retina display, where customers who don’t need the size and don’t want the weight of the iPad Air will turn to. In fact this was one of the alleged concerns Apple had about including a Retina display with their next-fen iPad mini. We had heard that the Cupertino company was worried that the inclusion could drive sales away from the larger iPad. In any case perhaps Apple’s fears are unfounded, but either way we guess we will have to wait for the official numbers to be released to see how well both tablets do. What do you guys think? Will customers start turning towards the iPad mini 2 rather than the larger iPad Air?

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