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Analyst predicts heavier sales but shorter lines for the Apple iPad 2

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Analyst predicts heavier sales but shorter lines for the Apple iPad 2
Analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray told clients on Tuesday that he expects initial sales of the Apple iPad 2 to outsell the launch of last year's original Apple tablet. Yet, the analyst expects to see shorter lines at sales locations. The reasoning is rather simple. Last year, the original Apple iPad launched at 221 Apple stores and most of Best Buy's 1,100 locations. This year, the iPad 2 will be offered at 236 Apple stores and about 10,000 stores belonging to Apple's partners.

Besides Apple's retail locations and Best Buy stores, other places where you will be able to pick up the sequel to the hugely popular tablet include Walmart, Target, AT&T and Verizon. And Munster expects that the 1,000,000 units sold in 28 days by the original model will be surpassed by the Apple iPad 2. Unlike last year when the 3G enabled version of the tablet launched a month after the Wi-Fi only model, both versions will launch together this Friday.

And while shortages of the device last year led Apple to wait 1 month before the International launch of the tablet, this year the Apple iPad 2 will be in 27 countries within 2 weeks of the U.S. launch, according to Munster. Last year, 3.27 million units of the tablet were sold in the first quarter after launch. This year, Munster expects the sequel to sell 5.5 million units in the first quarter after launch, followed by sales of 5.6 million in the following quarter. Last year, Apple sold 4.19 million original iPad units in its second quarter of availability.

In a note to investors, Munster wrote, "Generally, the length of the lines at Apple retail stores on launch day have been a helpful early indication of demand. However, factors like online pre-orders, simultaneous international launches, weather, timing in the day and the day of the week can all impact a consumer's willingness to go stand in line, but may not necessarily be indicative of immediate purchase intentions."

source: AppleInsider

Chart courtesy of Apple and Piper Jaffray

Chart courtesy of Apple and Piper Jaffray


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posted on 08 Mar 2011, 12:23 4

1. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Wasnt another analist predicting supply constraints from manufacturing problems not 2 days ago??? who are these analists and who the hell cares what they think exept fanboys looking for good news.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 13:18 2

3. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


...I don't even think fanboys care what analyst think at this point. If you go over to Apple Insider, they have the same reaction to analyst as we do here. It's all bullshit...

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 16:41 5

8. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Wow trolls sink to a new low making fun of a person that has cancer. Why are you so obsessed with seeing Apple fail that you would protest a product launch? It would be funnier to protest the Zoom launch because the protestors would be the only ones there. There would be no customers lmao.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 16:46 2

9. Misanthropos (Posts: 56; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


there will be one customer. it'll be the guy that was told by a VZW store rep that this tablet will replace his laptop, only to find out that it's a big version of the Android turd he already has.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 17:59 4

14. cndosx (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Mar 2011)


it's so pathetic making fun of a person that has cancer...

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 18:38 2

17. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


Says the name caller herself. You're a good one to talk. We could all learn from you....

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 18:36 3

16. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


I have no idea what you are talking about. It's kinda jumbed. Wait, was that a Charlie Sheen quote and I just didn't get it?

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 18:46 3

18. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


Anyway, I wasn't the one who said I would protest a product launch. So, you may want to brush on the old reading comprehension. Plus, he had pancreatic cancer, not sure if he still has it, but it was gone last i checked. He is thin because of a liver transplant. But i'm sure you're a doctor and will set me straight and be backed up by your apple pity party. And apple needs pity, so it's a good thing you're along for the ride.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 17:00 6

10. derp (unregistered)


Lol the Xoom. Motorola and their products are just a joke.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 21:24 4

22. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


what's that sticker say??? im a moron? i got ripped off??? ooo ill buy shiny things??? xDDD

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 23:03 3

24. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


The sticker says "I got my ipad". You can't even read correctly. Shame on you :)

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 01:36

32. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


ah nice. that was a clean joke

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 07:56

29. becazican (unregistered)


I dont understand all this childish behavior, no matter what steve jobs is quite a person, and my prayers go out to him. i have an imac and a pc, i own an android phone and yes will get an ipad2, after studing the xoom . the infrastructure is just not there yet for the xoom so its wasted money right now. i dont care if you love or hate apple u have to admit that its a great company and has changed the tech field for the good.

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