"Crank up your reality distortion fields up to 11, folks: Over the last weekend, which saw the release of the iPad 4 and iPad Mini, Apple says it sold “three million iPads.” Yes, iPads, in general.
How many iPad Minis did Apple sell over the weekend? No idea. How many fourth-generation iPads did Apple sell? No idea. More worryingly, did Apple also include the sales of iPad 2 and 3, and refurbished iPads in that figure? No idea.
All we know is that Apple sold three million iPads over a three day period — which is impressive in general terms, but fairly underwhelming in the Appleverse. Perhaps there’s an underlying trend here, too: Apple sold five million iPhone 5s during its opening weekend in September — a massive figure, but it was actually well short of analyst expectations. (Samsung’s Galaxy S3, by comparison, clocked up nine million preorders — by far the fastest-selling smartphone of all time). After four or five months of solid growth, Apple (AAPL) stock has been trending downwards for the last six weeks. Since the launch of the iPhone 5, Apple has dropped from a market capitalization of $700 billion to $580 billion today."http://www.extremetech.com/computing/139611-are-apples-obfuscated-ipad-mini-and-ipad-4-sales-figures-a-bad-omen