The Apple iPad mini's first victim won't be the Kindle Fire HD, Nexus 7, Microsoft Surface or even RIM Playbook, though all of those are certainly threatened…

After the 7.85-inch tablet ships, everyone expects a bloodbath. However the Apple iPad mini’s first victim won’t be the Kindle Fire HD, Nexus 7, Microsoft Surface or even RIM Playbook, though everyone of those products are certainly threatened. In fact, Apple very well might kill off one of its own in order to reduce product confusion.

Do you remember the iPod mini? When Apple killed it in September 2005, after less than nine months of life, the iPod mini was the company’s best-selling MP3 player — people were shocked.

However, it was replaced by the iPod nano, which went on to become an worldwide best seller, and Apple has dominated the MP3/media player market ever since.

That said, AppleInsider quotes Evercore Partners’ Rob Cihra as saying the iPad mini’s first victim will be the iPad 2. Fundamentally, the analyst believes Apple will terminate their $399 tablet, which by all accounts continues to sell very well, to maintain “clearer product tiers.”

However, even if the iPad 2 is discontinued, Apple will still offer plenty of low-cost tablet choices — 16 configurations (white or black, wifi only or wifi + 3G in 8, 16, 32 or 64 GB capacities) are expected when the iPad mini ships on Friday, November 2 — with pricing starting at $249.

Of course, sometime between the Apple iPad mini’s ship date and Christmas, look for dozens of crappy little name brand and so-called “whitebox” Android tablets to be (mercifully) killed off. RIM Playbook? Yeah, it’s almost certainly dead, too…

What’s your take?

  1. The iPad and all the crappy little copies will die of the same ailment: wrong form factor for a handheld device.

  2. Ridiculous bias in this article. “Look for dozens of crappy little name brand and so-called ‘whitebox’ Android tablets to be (mercifully) killed off.” Agreed that there are lots of “me too” Android tablets out there, but notice how this article essentially tries to bury all of Android kind. This reeks of “Apple’s Apple, no one should buy anything else! Buy Apple, buy Apple! Don’t consider an alternative because it’s junk.” A true capitalist society like the US should not so gratefully embrace anyone who dominates a market and sues recklessly to stay put. Allow competition and be better for it.

  3. You know, Blackberry does actually have fans too. I hardly doubt it will kill off the Playbook as the OS and the browser are better on it. Really, who needs apps when you have a fully functional browser and you’re not into gaming? Is there a lot of us? Well, no but we’re into the Playbook. We’re so few that most articles don’t even mention the Playbook and its already meager sales. It’s nice to see it compared to Apple’s inferior machines.

  4. I already preferred my Playbook to the full size Ipad, why would I change now, 18 months after buying it I still use it daily for everything. I am, on the other hand, tired of reading this one brand fits all bull crap trying to convince everyone in the world to buy Apple. The writers must be getting under the table payments from apple or they’ve never actually tried anything else.

  5. Not everyone wants inside of Apple’s walled garden. Android has great variety. I’ve been using my Pantech Element for 9 months. Apple is planning to copy the ~8″ size. Apple copies everyone and then sues them. Do us all a favor and stop feeding the beast; stop buying Apple made by underpaid/overworked/underage workers in China.

  6. Haha, this is a terrible article. Too many shitty “tech” websites on the internet these days with authors who barely understand what they’re talking about.

  7. My take is that Apple uses Foxconn to employ underage and underpaid labor, to assemble average-quality products, and sell them for a premium price, while attempting to abuse the patent system and keep legitimate competitors out of the market. That’s why Apple is on my boycott forever list. Play fair, or don’t play at all.

  8. Apple is a communist company. A carefully controlled product with no other company allowed to build and sell clones. It is against the American spirit of free enterprise and should be shut down. Whats the difference between an American and other nationallities? A true American supports a free market and would never use a device delveloped under communist ideas like anything that Apple sells.

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