Make no mistake: Apple's presence in Japan is strong, and though its iPhone is indeed known to dominate the smartphone market, the latest figures show that six of the country's 10 best-selling tablets are in fact iPad models.
As a reminder, the Japanese consumer electronics tracking service Business Computer News (BCN) noted at the beginning of the month that Apple's iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c handsets, combined, took nine out of the country's Top 10 smartphone sales rankings. The news came following impressive iPhone offerings from Japan's “big three” carriers, after the nation's largest carrier, NTT DoCoMo, started offering Apple's smartphones for the first time ever.
Now, however, BCN shows that Apple's iPad is doing particularly well in Japan, also. Out of the Top 10 positions for the nation's best-selling tablets, the iPad Air takes four spots (No. 1, No. 5, No. 9, and No. 10), and the iPad mini with Retina display holds two (No. 2 and No. 8). The remaining four positions are held by the ASUS Nexus 7.
First-place is occupied, as of this writing, by the Wi-Fi Only 16GB iPad Air, and unsurprisingly second-place goes to the Wi-Fi Only 16GB iPad mini with Retina display.
Though Apple's new iPads aren't in demand quite as much as the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, it's clear that the product is without doubt the most sought-after tablet in the country; this bodes well for Apple's next financial report and also for its share of both the tablet and the mobile OS market in Japan.
Over here in the United States, the iPad is expected to help drive a strong holiday season for Apple. The Cupertino, Calif. company has caught up with demand for both models, with the iPad Air and second-generation iPad mini shipping in three to five business days, and as such chief executive officer Tim Cook's prediction that this year is going to be “an iPad Christmas” is looking increasingly likely.
Is an iPad set to reach your household this holiday season?
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