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Apple's iPad may exceed sales forecast by 15 million units: analyst

News by Jordan Crook on Thursday April 14, 2011.

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Apple's recorded iPad sales for 2011 may exceed even our highest expectations, as analysts have seen an indication from overseas component suppliers that Apple may sell 45 million iPad tablets this year. Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White has been in China and Taiwan on a tech trip for about a week, and through meetings with component suppliers, sources have indicated that they expect to see Apple sell between 40 million and 45 million pads throughout 2011.

White claims that he had heard the same numbers on a different trip to Asia last fall, but couldn't quite believe his ears. "At the time, this number was difficult for many investors and some in the media to get their heads around," White said. White originally forecasted iPad sales for 2011 in the 30 to 31 million range, and others agreed - Needham & Company analysts forecasted 30 million units sold, while RBC Capital Markets forecasted 28 million. The prediction of 45 million units sold may blow the minds of these analysts, but it would seem as though Apple may again exceed expectations.

For a little perspective, back in 2010, after 9 months of availability, Apple sold 15 million units of the first-gen iPad. While the difference in sales stats may be surprising, other factors should be incorporated. This year, the iPad 2 had a rapid roll-out, not only to a wider array of domestic stores, but internationally, as well. In 2010, the iPad launch was a much slower process and could contribute to the difference in these sale stats. [via Apple Insider]

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