According to a report on CNET today, the iPad mini is proving to be so popular that it could soon be the main iPad. This view comes via NPD DisplaySearch, who say that the iPad mini could be about to “eclipse” the full-sized Retina iPad. CNET says that Apple had originally expected to sell 6 million iPad minis, but DisplaySearch analyst David Hsieh says that this is looking to be a very low forecast, with Apple now asking display panel makers to ship more than 12 million displays in the fourth quarter, specifically for the iPad mini. In a response to an email question from CNET, Hsieh said that the iPad mini is actually selling better than the fourth-gen full-size Retina iPad: “It seems people especially like the size…lighter, slimmer and easier to carry.”
CNET goes on to say that according to DisplaySearch, by 2013, the iPad mini could make up half of all iPad shipments.
Source: iPad Mini set to eclipse Retina iPad | Apple - CNET News