You no longer have to wonder what gadget to get the tikes on your holiday gift list this year: the far-and-away most popular electronics product for kids in 2011 is the iPad. 44 percent of kids aged 6 to 12 say they would be interested in getting the Apple tablet sometime in the next six months, according to Nielsen's annual holiday gift survey, which was released today. Nielsen's chart below ranks the consumer electronics kids are clamoring in 2011, and it looks like Steve Jobs will be smiling in some iCloud in the sky this Christmas. The top three gifts -- iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone -- are all made by Apple. Though the iPad was also the most popular last year, it saw significant gains since 2010, when only 31 percent of 6- to 12-year-olds wanted the tablet (while, for example, the year-to-year appeal of the iPod Touch went up only 1 percent). Kids' demand for the iPad (and other tablets, at 25 percent in the survey) only puts more pressure on the ever-widening "app gap" between those affluent children with access to tablets and poorer ones without. The rest of the list is composed mostly of gaming gadgets, with two of the newest -- the Nintendo 3DS and the Kinect for the Xbox 360 -- having the most appeal with roughly a quarter of kids interested in either.
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