Apple’s rumored iPad Mini could be just what the doctor ordered for the Cupertino, California tech giant, which is looking to capture a bigger market share inside of mobile’s most populous community.
This week, analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets came forward to say that Apple will become an even bigger force in China in response to the release of an iPad mini.
“We have noticed the growing popularity of the Samsung Galaxy Note in China this year and we believe this trend will play into Apple’s hands with the soon-to-be-launched iPad Mini,” White told investors Thursday. “While the Galaxy Note is also a smartphone, we believe the tablet capabilities are the main reason for purchase in China.”
The iPad mini is expected to sell for $250 to $300, which would be dramatically cheaper than the new Samsung Galaxy Note II, which is a big seller inside of China today.
Industry sources predict that Apple will release the iPad mini before the end of October.