TaylorCamp, well, I think it is necessary. Apple products are basically 'sealed units'. You can not upgrade them, other than s/w. They also got themselves into upgrading on a schedule, and people expect that now. MS used to and still has a 'following' to be the first on the block with new OS releases.
I have in our house 2 iPad's. Basic reason for buying the first one was for travel. I detest having to lug a laptop just to get my e-mails and recreational diversions. Most are heavy, low batter life, and large as well as expensive. 2nd one was bought as my wife and I started 'fighting' over who could use it when. One game in particular, W.E.L.D.E.R., was the cause more than any other. Getting a 2nd one when the New iPad came out was at the right time. As it turns out, our ISP/Cable company now has an app for iPad/iPhone/Android's that allow you to watch TV on those devices. Nice since my wife 'owns' the DVR and records things I don't care for. This allows us to sit in bed before sleeping, she watching the DVR recordings and I can watch normal TV with earphones on the iPad. I am not sure how this would look on a smaller iPad Mini screen, but on a iPhone, it is almost useless if you want detail or need to read something, like the scrolling new on CNN at the bottom for instance. Barely readable on the iPad depending how far away (and your vision capabilities) from you.
Unnecessary, yes, but that is your fault if you think you need the newest greatest first (like our daughter).
The Mini will probably sell well, mostly due to price than configuration. It will, as I've read somewhere, probably 'steal' about 20% of its sales volume from iPad's that would have been bought if the Mini wasn't there. If true, that also means 80% would have bought a tablet from another vendor. That is a lot of sales/profit to lose, why not have a product that would be successful and make that profit?
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