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US kids looking forward to 'iHoliday' 2011

MUMBAI: As the holiday season approaches, Apple appears to be the consumer electronics brand to beat. A recent Nielsen survey shows kids‘ holiday gaming and electronics appetites are whet by a number of top-selling Apple devices - with the iPad leading the pack.


Consistent with US kids‘ 2010 wish lists, the Apple iPad is the most desired consumer electronic among kids ages 6-12 for holiday 2011. In fact, the iPad increases its stronghold, with nearly half (44 per cent) of kids expressing interest in the product, up from 31 per cent in 2010. Two other popular Apple devices - iPod Touch (30 per cent) and iPhone (27 per cent) - round out kids‘ top three, with computers and other tablet brands each appealing to a quarter of younger consumers.
 
Many kids will also ask for gaming devices this year, with two products that offer unique gaming technologies - Nintendo 3DS (25 per cent) and Kinect for Xbox 360 (23 per cent) - leading the way. Given the 3DS‘ spring 2011 release date and the surge in Kinect interest versus last year (up from 14 per cent), parents can expect both devices to be frequently requested this holiday season. Beyond these, older Nintendo DS models continue to resonate with young gamers (22 per cent), while the PlayStation 3 (17 per cent) and Xbox 360 (16 per cent) edge out the Nintendo Wii (11 per cent) as the most desired gaming consoles.


Among consumers ages 13 and older, appeal for the iPad (24 per cent) has also broadened relative to last year (18 per cent), and exceeds that of computers (18 per cent), 2010‘s top item. Further, it appears the iPad has successfully paved the way for other tablet offerings, as a notable 17 per cent of adults/teens also express interest in non-Apple tablets.
 
E-Readers (18 per cent) also exhibit heightened appeal among teens and adults compared to last year (15 per cent), while gaming devices on the whole are somewhat less likely to be of interest to the 13+ crowd. The exception is Kinect for Xbox 360, which appeals to 12 per cent of those ages 13+, compared to eight percent in 2010; though, notably, last year‘s data was collected prior to the product‘s well-supported, large-scale launch on November 4, 2010.
With so many products to choose from across both existing and emerging technologies, electronics are well-positioned to find their way onto shoppers‘ lists again this season - and parents will clearly have some tough decisions to make as they weigh kids‘ wants against their holiday budgets.

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