Macau Feels Strain During Lunar Holiday Influx

New data may reveal Apple's 2013 holiday iPad model sales mix

This year I decided to brave the hordes of Chinese gamblers to see in the Year of the Horse. "From an auspicious perspective this is the time of the year to come here to win," said Chris Wieners, managing director of Hogo Marketing, which works with casinos. He also runs another business bringing tourists to town for big events. "The feeling is almost like they can't lose, you have to win." He cautioned that when visiting Macau during the holiday, there are "more cons than pros:" travel is a "nightmare," prices are inflated and hotels are full. Authorities in Macau, population 598,000, were expecting 2.6 million visitors over the weeklong holiday period, according to local broadcaster TDM. The influx is part of a broader tide of visitors drawn by the breakneck expansion of Macau's casino industry over the past decade. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Apple is believed to have ordered just over 30 million iPad display panels in the holiday quarter, according to data compiled by supply chain watchers WitsView and reported by Digitimes. The company sold a record 27 million tablets over that period, with the nearly 4 million unit difference likely attributable to channel inventory. Of those panels, 6 million are believed to have been for the first-generation iPad mini, 7.49 million for the iPad mini with Retina display, and 17 million for Apple's 9.7-inch iPads. The report does not differentiate between the new flagship iPad Air and the still-available iPad 2. WitsView believes that Apple's iPad orders will drop to 25.8 million units in the second quarter of 2014. The company seems to anticipate a decline in first-generation iPad mini sales, ordering just 4.4 million panels for the tablet versus 7.4 millon for the Retina display-equipped variant and 14 million 9.7-inch panels. Sales often dip in the first post-holiday quarter, though that forecast would still represent the iPad's second-strongest quarter ever. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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