The Macalope Daily: Tablet meets world
The iPad mini's been on sale for a few days now, so it's gut-check time on the failingest iPad yet—well, after all the other ones, which were major fails, too.
Wait, what kind of fail is that?! Can't you do anything right, Apple?!
So, yeah, turns out the latest iPads (Apple doesn't break out sales of the iPad mini versus the fourth-generation iPad) are pretty good. As Apple notes, this is double the previous launch weekend milestone of 1.5 million Wi-Fi-only third-generation iPads.
That sound you just heard was Trip "Innovation at Apple is over" Chowdhry being proven hysterically wrong. (Sounds like a slide whistle.) Chowdry had predicted that the iPad mini would see "a mediocre customer adoption," which seems to only be the case if you're comparing the new iPads against, say, oxygen. Maybe Chowdry thinks that most of the 3 million were fourth-generation 9.7-inch iPads, or that space aliens were involved, or some other unlikely story that makes him sound less wrongy. Who knows?
But if anyone thinks that the bulk of that 3 million isn't iPad minis, the Macalope would like to see you after class for a make-up course in remedial brain.
Despite the fact that lines over the weekend did not stretch into infinity, Apple managed to sell out of iPad minis pretty much everywhere. And those who have them seem to be pretty happy about them. After using the iPad mini for just a day, Dan Frommer thinks it's the "real" iPad.
My take after spending a bunch of the weekend with the iPad mini: This is the real iPad. With the exception of screen sharpness, everything about it is better than the bigger, “classic” iPad — and screen sharpness won’t be a deal breaker for the vast majority of people.
Good grief, don't tell that to the people who are upset about the fourth-generation iPad being released seven months after the old (née "new") iPad! They’ll have a whole new way of getting their underwear in a knot! If you're not familiar with their current line of reasoning, it goes something like this:
That is a paraphrasing, but the Macalope thinks he got all the salient points.
Seriously, people, Apple did not sneak into your house and whack your third-generation iPad with a ball-peen hammer. As John Gruber and MG Siegler note on the latest edition of The Talk Show, apps haven't even been written to take advantage of the new new iPad's faster processor yet. And with the iPad mini sporting an A5 processor, there probably won't be a host of them flooding the App Store for a while yet.
The Macalope has a third-generation iPad himself and this was his reaction to the update in its entirety:
But, then, the horny one did not major in tantrum throwing in college.
(He didn't have the hissy fit prerequisite.)
[Editors’ Note: In addition to being a mythical beast, the Macalope is not an employee of Macworld. As a result, the Macalope is always free to criticize any media organization. Even ours.]