We do enjoy a spot of crystal ball gazing here at Mobot. In fact, we’re trying to get Mystic Meg on board for a monthly article on smartphone predictions: Mystic Mobo-Meg’s Monthly Mobile Madness. Fingers crossed.
Where was I? Oh yes. Some analyst guy is predicting that Apple will shift 48 million iPads in 2012, and while that figure might sound pretty freakin’ high, he reckons it’s “conservative”.
The rumour mill has been screaming about an HD iPad 3 for months now, so much so that anything less than a 2048x1536 resolution – twice that of the previous iPads – will likely result in a riot, with journalists tearing the launch event to shreds. With words, at least.
Other rumoured iPad 3 specs include 4G LTE connectivity for Yanks, quad-core processing, Siri voice recognition action, cameras to match the iPhone 4S and improved battery life.
It’s all a rich tapestry of much-better-than-the-iPad-2 goodness, and as such Sterne Agee’s Shaw Wu is predicting big things for the iPad 3. That’s a bit like predicting sandwiches will remain a popular lunchtime snack.
“We believe this significant refresh will likely help drive higher iPad sales and help further differentiate from arguably the only real competitor in the market, Amazon’s Kindle Fire, and not to mention the myriad of Android offerings out there,” squeaked Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu. “We are currently modeling 48 million iPad shipments for calendar 2012.”
Again, that’s a lot of bloomin’ iPads, but Shaw notes that “[48 million] could turn out conservative.” Cripes.
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