Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

iPad 'to be Christmas best-seller'

Apple's iPad is already tipped to be this Christmas's best-selling gadget

It might be high summer but Apple's iPad is already tipped to be this Christmas's best-selling gadget, the UK's largest electrical retailer said.

The iPad has been available since late May but DSG International (DSGi) - which owns 670 Currys and PC World stores in the UK - has backed Apple's tablet computer to still be topping wish lists come the festive sales rush.

Jeremy Fennell at DSGi said: "There is no doubt the iPad is going to be the number one Christmas gift this year... with even more accessories launching it's only going to make a must-have technology even more attractive."

DSGi also predicted festive cheer for Microsoft's Kinect for Xbox 360, a controller-free, motion-sensing gaming device.

With Kinect's voice and facial recognition and its infrared projector capable of tracking precise body movements, Microsoft is looking for a slice of the lucrative casual gaming market, currently dominated by Nintendo's Wii.

A DSGi spokesman said: "This technology takes gaming to a new level and, like the Wii, broadens the appeal of gaming to the whole family."

3D TVs, high-definition camcorders and a digital camera which removes blemishes and wrinkles also made the top 10.

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