iPad Air Wins Black Friday-Cyber Monday: New Devices Increase by 51%

According to a recent VentureBeat article, 54% of parents are looking to buy technology gifts this year. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday now behind us, many of the temporary deals that make these two holidays so popular are also expiring. How successful were retailers at selling their mobile devices to the masses? Of the many mobile devices that were discounted this past weekend, it appears there is a clear winner: the iPad Air.

Black Friday Weekend Growth

Localytics examined the weekly growth during the Black Friday weekend, as compared to the previous weekend. According to Localytics’ data, a whopping 51% more new iPad Air devices were seen than the previous week. This is due to a combination of factors, including Apple’s promotion of giving gift cards with purchases of the iPad Air and iPad Mini (but not iPad Mini 2nd gen) devices. This, combined with a smaller base of iPad Air devices and the novelty of the iPad Air (released on November 1st) resulted in the iPad Air dominating on Black Friday weekend. Apple’s older iPad Mini model finished second, and the iPhone 5c took third. As previously reported by Localytics, the iPhone 5c is gaining on its more sophisticated cousin, the 5s, during the past couple months.

On the Android side, the Kindle Fire HD 7” and the newest Samsung smartphone, the S IV, saw the greatest growth of new devices. The Kindle Fire HD is the Android tablet exhibiting the largest new device growth from the previous week. The growth of the Kindle Fire HD 7” is likely the result of a temporary $50 price drop that expired on Monday.

Thanks to these Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, more tablets and phones have been placed into the hands of the average consumer, broadening the reach, revenue potential, and everyday influence of mobile apps. As Tim Cook predicted, it's really looking like an iPad Christmas.



Localytics is the leading analytics and marketing platform for mobile and web apps across more than 1 billion devices, 20,000 apps and 5,000 customers. Localytics processes 50 billion data points monthly. For this report, we compared the new devices seen on Black Friday weekend (Nov 29 - Dec 2) against the new devices seen the previous weekend (Nov 22 - Nov 25), with a sample of over 1 million new devices.


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