There was an immeasurable distance between the quick and the dead: they did not seem to belong to the same species; and it was strange to think that but a little while before they had spoken and moved and eaten and laughed - W. Somerset Maugham
AN APPLE "mystery product" has been listed by electronics retailers Currys and PC World in their list of predictions for the top 10 best-selling Christmas gifts of 2012.
At a very early pre-Christmas press event today the company revealed its prematurely compiled list, and hinted that the ambiguous Apple product which features on it will be a budget tablet that will compete with the Google Nexus 7, adding more weight to the rumours that Apple will launch an Ipad Mini.
PC World and Currys remain tight-lipped with regard to any other information about the phantom product, as does Apple, which told us "it does not comment on rumours or speculation" when we asked it to confirm the news.
Currys and PC World scored the mystery Apple product at number four in their annual top 10 list of predicted best-selling Christmas gifts, with the new Ipad seeded at first place.
However, a statement from the vendor has specified that once the mystery product is revealed, it could knock the new Ipad off the top spot as the best-selling gift for Christmas.
"[We] are predicting that the only product likely to knock the iPad off the number one spot is Apple's latest launch, a product still to be revealed, but that the tech buyers are predicting will go straight to the top of customers' wish lists," the statement read.
As well as predicting the mysterious new Apple product the vendors put Amazon's Kindle e-reader in second place, with Google's Nexus 7 tablet at number three.
They also indicated that Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet will be released in the UK by Autumn and predicted it as the sixth best-selling Christmas gift this year, suggesting that it won't sell as well as Google's Nexus tablet come the holiday shopping period. µ
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