I don't know how feasible this is but a way for Apple to prevent the iPad mini from cannibalizing the iPad could be to temporarily halt or slow down the iPad mini's sales. It would give them time to stock back up for demand and by implementing a possible price reduction plan for the normal iPad it would have people flocking to get one while it's on sale and help even things out. Then when the iPad mini returned there would be enough supply to feed the demand.
I'm guessing because of my lack of knowledge in the way the mechanics of things like that work it might not be the easiest for most realistic thing to do, but in concept it certainly sounds like it would work
They're just trying to meet holiday sales demands. Between November and December, brick and mortar stores make up something like 70% of their sales. This is a huge time for a manufacturer to get their products on the shelves. The only thing Apple is fortunate for here is the demand that goes along with their products, they could over estimate their sales forecast and simply sell the devices in the next quarter. The issue here is obviously either somewhere in the supply chain, or somewhere in the manufacturing process, either way it's not a easy problem to solve when you're a product on a scale this large.
I think you're onto something, considering that they've been considering moving some manufacturing to the U.S. there's probably something going on overseas to facilitate that and make it something Apple would want to do.But I think the cannibalization of the iPad by the mini is going to continue since the mini is Apple's latest "iPad" product
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