I have my original iPad and with the last iOS 5 release purs quite well. I've got nearly 1000 books, tons of apps I use and have no interest in losing a solid product to a piece of highly polished aluminum that the wind can wisk away while sitting on a table outside.
The weight right now is absurdly light.
- iPads aren't replacing computers. They are augmenting the portable lifestyle of those who mainly used laptops for web browsing and social networking
- iMacs and Mac minis will continue to expand in sales
- Mac Pro will be a big hit in 2013
- Apple will never use Intel Atom processors (when your cash cows have multiple vendors for ARM CPU SoC designs you have leverage)
- Mac Mini is selling like hot cakes as I see a lot of Mom's buying them for their young children. Those kids get older and bigger. They will choose an iPad over the mini when they want more power to play their portable video games
I could go on, and show how the iPad Mini isn't stealing sales from any of Apple's markets, but people have some bizarre fetish with the idea it does cannibalize and thus allow stock manipulators to buy up and down.
Apple is approaching 10% of the combined Laptop/Desktop market. There is plenty of room to grow.
The average consumer dumps an Apple Laptop/Desktop every 18 months, even though the product runs well for 5 years.
The world has over 7 billion consumers.
China and India have yet to be truly tapped, just like South America.
iPads are driving more sales of iMacs and Macbooks than people realize. I go to Real Estate offices and see iMacs and Macbooks for agents who include an iPhone and an iPad on their desks. They are demoing videos on their iPads to perspective clients, checking mail and IMs via their phones and back at their desk they are writing up their commission reports either on their iMac or Macbooks while using services like iCloud, Dropbox, EndNote and a host of of Web based Real Estate services to share PDF documents with PDF Forms.
Best of all, these businesses can barely use them, if at all to any effective level. I have no problem charging $100+ an hour to set up Imap based mail accounts for them. They are technically illiterate and that continues to show no matter the generation. Geeks of all generations should not fear that the vast majority of consumers are technically illiterate. Job security.