iPad mini Creates More Demand Rather Than Cannibalizing iPad Sales

Before the iPad mini hit the stores, analysts were talking about an iPad sales cannibalization rate up to 20% (wild guesses even went as far as 50%). Now that the first couple million iPad mini units have reached their users, and the reviews are in, Cowen and Co. have surveyed US adults to see how the iPad mini is affecting its bigger brother’s sales, AllThingsD reports.

iPad mini & iPad

Out of the 1,225 US citizens surveyed, only 16.6% responded affirmatively when asked if the iPad mini would replace another device. Now, here is where the picture gets interesting: of those who intend to replace their device with the iPad mini, 29% will replace the iPad, and only 13% will replace a Kindle Fire with Apple’s smaller tablet. The result is sour for Windows, as 42% of Windows PC users are ready to replace their PC with and iPad mini.

iPad mini sales

We have to note, however, to appreciate the full picture of the survey’s result, that 52% of those surveyed had never owned a tablet before, and only 12% of them intended to buy an iPad mini within the next 18 months.

“The iPad mini creates more demand than it cannibalizes,” Cowen analyst Matthew Hoffman explained. “Since 52 percent of the mini intenders in our sample did not own a tablet of any type, we see it successfully positioned as likely to penetrate new entry-tier segments. … Mini will no doubt take some iPad “4? sales, but its low price also looks like an important tool to capture new consumers’ attention.”

What about you? Does the iPad mini replace any device you have used before?

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  • cshudson

    I never saw it eating iPad sales but rather destroying ipod touch sales. 20 dollars difference between entry tiers, seems like a no brainer to me.

  • Erik Kappel

    Makes sense. I had no interest in iPad. But the mini seems just right so I plan to buy one. Would not have otherwise!

  • iPadMega

    I will wait for a retina version but I didn’t like the size of the iPad, they should make the iPad Mega, a 13″ iPad with a powerful processor(to compete with surface?). I would buy that too, the current iPad is a compromise of the wrong kind.