Analyst: Apple to shift 48 million+ iPads in 2012

Analyst: Apple to shift 48 million+ iPads in 2012We 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.

via: AllThingsD

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 19, 2012 at 13:38

Seems entirely possible. Next...

onlineo  Jan. 20, 2012 at 12:09

Apple will sell every Ipad they make, Some might get 10-20% discount in Ebay shop etc, but there is no real competition for the Ipad 2 yet. Unlike the Iphone the Ipad was released at a relatively competitive price. A few new Ice Cream sandwich devices might change the market but only if they focus on working as they should do rather than having the best spec they can cram in them. To make a real impact Android tabs currently have to be sold at a discount. The Kindle Fire has done really well. Hell, I bought a Playbook because it was cheap. I have kept it because it works really well, better than most android tabs. However if Apps & Videos haven't appeared by the end of Feb it will appear on Ebay. And if prices of UK apps remain so high I will re-set the device as a USA one.


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