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ExtraBITS for 12 November 2012

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Two quick bits for you this week — the obligatory report from Apple on how wildly popular the latest iPads have been and a nicely detailed review of the iPad mini from Dan Frakes at Macworld.

Apple Sells Three Million iPads in Three Days -- Apple announced that it sold three million Wi-Fi-only iPads in the three days after the launch of the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad, twice the number of Wi-Fi-only units of the third-generation iPad that were sold in its first weekend in March 2012. That means Apple sold 1.5 million each of the Wi-Fi-only and cellular models of the third-generation iPad (which sold three million all told in that first weekend), and bodes well for sales of the cellular models of the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad when those start in a few weeks.

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Dan Frakes Reviews the iPad mini at Macworld -- If you’ve been pondering the purchase of an iPad mini, Dan Frakes’s detailed review at Macworld should give you the details you need to make an informed decision. Overall, he’s extremely positive about the new iPad, giving its form factor and non-Retina display high marks, but acknowledges that it doesn’t make sense as an upgrade for people who don’t think they could go back from Retina display-equipped devices or for those who need the larger screen and higher resolution of the standard iPad for serious work.

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