“Apple fans lined up in several Asian cities to get their hands on the iPad mini on Friday, but the device, priced above rival gadgets from Google and Amazon.com, attracted smaller crowds than at the company’s previous global rollouts,” Thuy Ong reports for Reuters.

MacDailyNews Note: Only the Wi-Fi-Only iPad mini models are available today. The iPad mini with 4G LTE cellular connectivity goes on sale later this month.

“At the head of Friday’s line was Patrick Li, who had been waiting since 4:30 am and was keen to get his hands on the 7.9-inch slate,” Ong reports. “‘It’s light, easy to handle, and I’ll use it to read books. It’s better than the original iPad,’ Li said… There were queues of 100 or more outside Apple stores in Tokyo and Seoul when the device went on sale.”

Ong reports, “Apple will likely sell between 1 million and 1.5 million iPad minis in the first weekend, far short of the 3 million third-generation iPads sold last March in their first weekend, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We’ve edited this piece in order to reflect reality.

Reuters and/or their “reporter” seem so very desperate for an Apple flop. Read the full article and see if you don’t agree. It looks like they’ve even resorted to misquoting Gene Munster, replacing “cellular” with “wireless.” Egregiously bad form, Reuters.

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