Shipments of larger Apple tablet overtake iPad Mini

The larger iPad is out-shipping the iPad Mini. That means the popularity early last year of the Mini has not been sustained vis-a-vis the 9.7-inch iPad.

Displays for the 9.7-inch iPad (L) are out-shipping the Mini. Apple

The large iPad is back in vogue.

Totals for iPad Mini (7.9-inch) display shipments in the first quarter came to just more than 6 million, according to a report from ZDNet Korea (Korean language), via an English-language BrightWire News report.

That's less than 8.4 million logged for the 9.7-inch iPad models in the same period, according to an earlier ZDNet Asia report.

The 9.7-inch size includes both iPad Air and the iPad with Retina Display, aka iPad 4.

This follows a similar trend in the previous quarter. Shipments of the 9.7-inch iPad "really pulled away from the mini in [the fourth quarter of 2013], after running very close to each other during 2013," NPD's Paul Semenza, who manages NPD's DisplaySearch and Solarbuzz businesses, told CNET in an email.

Shipments of the larger iPad (not just the display) were 16.8 million in the fourth quarter, compared to 9.2 million for the iPad Mini, according to Semenza.

"I would say it is a fair conclusion to say that iPad out-shipped the iPad mini in Q1 [2014]," he said.

And that reverses a trend seen at the beginning of last year when the Mini was out-shipping its larger cousin.

The popularity of the larger iPad means that Samsung has become Apple's largest display supplier of the 9.7-inch model. For both sizes combined, LG Display is the biggest supplier.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.


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