iphone 5 and ipad mini Apple’s late-set releases for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini were clearly positioned to reap big sales rewards for the Christmas rush. With that in mind, are the iPhone 5 and/or iPad Mini going to be under the Christmas tree this year? We wish you a Merry Christmas, iPhone 5 and iPad mini — and a Happy New Year! Two years and fours months (and three Christmases) after the establishment of this blog, we’re still talking about the iPhone 5. Who would have thought? uniea iphone 5 and ipad mini case saleLately, it has been hard to reconcile some of the middling news about the iPhone 5′s sales performance throughout the world. In spite of a prolonged rumor cycle and the most frenetic buzz ever generated for an iPhone release, the iPhone 5 has not necessarily performed up to snuff in some markets. In addition, Wall Street has stressed over some the supply and demand issues that plagued the early release of the device, causing Apple stock to shed some of its value heading into Christmas. One now wonders if the Christmas holiday shopping season will right the ship for Cupertino. By contrast, the iPad mini’s launch has been smooth sailing for Apple: there have been no widespread complaints about the device, and all of the top tech analysts agree that it dominating the tablet market, in spite of its premium price compared to competing models like the Kindle and Nook. The only real criticism of the iPad mini has been a question of whether or now it is cannibalizing regular iPad sales. But one would imagine that Apple had anticipated this in its revenue models. With the iPad Mini selling like hotcakes, and with the iPhone 5 supply and demands issues worked out, one would have to assume that it is going to be a big holiday season for Apple. How about you? Are you giving the iPhone 5 and/or iPad mini as a gift to anyone else this Christmas? Or do you think that you might be getting one of Apple’s shiny, new gadgets for Christmas? It will be interesting to gauge the answers, since, for all intents and purposes, many of the readers of tech blogs are early adopters of new technology; we might be an outlier group of electronics consumers. But even if we’ve already onboarded to the iPhone 5 and/or iPad mini, it stands to reason that not everyone in our families have as well. You’ll recall that several of the top electronics retailers in the U.S. — Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Target — all launched aggressive iPhone 5 sales in the run-up to Christmas, fueling speculation about what those sales might mean. While the rumor mongers see an early sale as potential proof that the iPhone 5S or 6 could arrive sooner rather than later in 2013, the less optimistic tech pundits see the sales as an example of flagging iPhone 5 sales in the U.S. Still another possibility is that the top retailers in the U.S. are using an on-sale iPhone 5 as bait to get consumers into their stores to do more Christmas shopping, recognizing that the iPhone 5 still remains one of the most popular products on the market today. Regardless, by the first week of January, 2013, we’re likely to hear more about how Apple, the iPhone 5, and iPad mini have done. But maybe if we share our iPhone 5 Christmas stories, we’ll have a better sense of how big a Christmas season it’ll be for Apple. Or maybe not. Merry Christmas!