The iPad tops children’s wish lists

the ipad tops childrens tech wish list interest in buying 1With Black Friday nearly upon us gift ideas are starting to cross people’s minds. And Parents, be warned: your child may be disappointed if there’s not a certain tablet computer under the Christmas tree this year. According to a Nielsen survey, Apple’s iPad is the number one item desired by children aged six through 12 beating out a computer (no particular brand specified) and an iPod touch. 31 percent of kids surveyed said they were hoping for an iPad with both a computer and iPod touch tying for second place with 29 percent of kids placing them on their lists.

The Nielsen survey is officially titled “Interest in Buying in the Next Six Months,” but is widely taken as an indicator of popular holiday items among kids this season. Kids obviously didn’t have to choose just one item and simply had to indicate if they were interested in acquiring a given item or not.

Console systems were the next most popular with Nintendo’s DS portable gaming system coming in at number four and Sony’s Playstation 3 at number five, desired by 25 and 21 percent of children respectively. An Apple product appeared for a third time on the list at number eight with 20 percent of preteens wanting an iPhone. E-readers were the least desired item surveyed with 13 percent of kids showing interest.

Among members of the population aged thirteen and older, the iPad still remains popular with 18 percent saying they were interested in the tablet.  The older crowd ranked a computer at number one (20 percent), followed by a television (nineteen percent), and a smartphone (also nineteen percent).

the ipad tops childrens tech wish list interest in buying 2

The survey makes clear that the iPad’s popularity is still going strong even as rival table products, such as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, begin to enter into the market. The big surprise is that the device beat out the Playstation 3 and Nintendo DS for the top spot among preteens. Grant it, the iPad is much newer, but it also indicates that the iPad is succeeding in appealing to a younger demographic who are most likely interested in the entertainment potential of gadgets.

Nintendo will be reassured to see interest among kids in its forthcoming Nintendo 3DS portable gaming system which is not expected to launch until sometime during next spring.

Nielsen conducted the surveys in October.

Computing

Apple has a plan to save Mac gaming, but it’s not the one you want

The Mac isn’t known for being a game-friendly platform, but Apple hopes to change that in the coming months and years. The thing is, its plan may not be quite what you were hoping for if you’re a Mac gamer.
Deals

Amazon discounts Apple MacBook Air 11.6-inch display renewed for less than $500

Are you looking for a new MacBook Air? Amazon Renewed is offering a renewed MacBook Air 11.6-inch display laptop at a great price - under $500. Here's everything you need to know about the deal for the MacBook Air happening on Amazon…
Computing

MacBook Pro catching fire? Apple issues safety recall for overheating batteries

Apple issued a safety recall for a specific older model of MacBook Pros that may contain a battery that could overheat. Here's how to claim your free replacement battery if your MacBook Pro is affected.
Home Theater

Klipsch T5 True Wireless vs. Apple AirPods: Battle of the buds

You've got some dough to spend on a new pair of wireless earbuds, but you don't know what to buy? Let's take a look at two of the best premium models available right now, from fit and finish to battery life.
Apple

Looking for an iPad keyboard? This Apple Smart Keyboard is half off from Amazon

Make the most out of your Apple iPad with a keyboard case. Amazon is discounting the Apple Smart Keyboard for half off right now. Having the right keyboard for your tablet essentially converts it to a laptop.
Apple

Act fast, Apple’s latest AirPods are back in stock on Amazon and $19 off

AirPods are the best wireless earbuds for iOS. These are perfect for everyday use or for situations where you're active or working out at the gym. And you can order the wireless charging case version now from Amazon with a $19 discount.
Photography

The 2019 class of camera phones is great, and we tested them to find the best

It's the middle of the year, which means it's time for a mid-year camera shootout to find the best among our top phones of 2019. We pit six phones against each other, including the OnePlus 7 Pro, Pixel 3a, and Galaxy S10 Plus.
Wearables

The Best Prime Day smartwatch deals: What we expect from the Amazon event

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is right around the corner, and while there are likely to be deals on TVs, gaming consoles, and more, there will also likely be some great deals on smartwatches. Here's what we know about Amazon Prime Day 2019…
Mobile

Buying an old iPhone? Find out what sets the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S apart

We take a close look at the specs and features as we pitch the iPhone 6S vs. iPhone 6 to see which device comes out on top. If you're looking to save some cash by buying an old iPhone, which one should you buy? Find out inside.
Mobile

Around 40% of Android and iOS apps have high-risk vulnerabilities

According to a new study, a huge percentage of both Android and iOS apps have high-risk vulnerabilities. The majority of the vulnerabilities are related to insecure data storage, which could leave users' data open to attack from malware.
Movies & TV

Apple's plans to take on Netflix by cranking out Oscar-friendly movies

Apple has an ambitious slate of original programming it has been developing, and now we know where we'll be able to see it. Apple confirmed its new subscription service, Apple TV Plus, and revealed some of the projects it will air.
Cars

What is Apple CarPlay? Here's all you need to know about iOS in your dashboard

CarPlay is one of two major infotainment systems currently vying for your car's dash. Here's everything you need to know about the system, including its feature set and host of third-party apps.
Mobile

Crowdsourced interactive mapping app Waze gives you the lowdown on traffic

Waze is a free, ad-supported interactive navigation app with benefits. It calculates routes using social media crowdsourcing to alert you to current traffic conditions. Wazers act as the road's eyes and ears to alert other travelers.
Deals

Apple-refurbished MacBooks and Mac Minis get big price cuts for grads

Deals on Mac computers are hard to come by outside of seasonal sales, so your best bet might be to buy refurbished. These professionally renewed Mac deals are a sure way to save big on Apple computers that look, feel, and work like new.