Apple estimated to ship 18-20 million iPads in Q4
For the entire year, Apple is now expected to ship 66.2-68.2 million iPads world-wide. That would represent a 4% growth over 2012 and would be the lowest year-over-year increase for the "top tier" tablet manufacturers. That is a pretty large lag over the global tablet market which is estimated to show shipments rising 57% year over year in 2013. Estimates call for 220 million slates to have been in transit this year, up from 140 million last year.
It is unclear how many of the estimated iPad shipments for Q4 2013 include the Apple iPad mini with Retina display. The device has yet to be given a launch date due to problems with the production of the Retina display. Yields have been lower than expected which has pushed back the launch of the device. Meanwhile, the Apple iPad Air is off to a great start and has an adoption rate 5 times greater than last year's new model. The iPad Air is a lighter, thinner device with a zippier processor and an improved display, when compared to the fourth-generation model.
1. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
I don't see why people want so many iPad Airs. The Mini 2 I can understand well enough; it's gotten a huge upgrade, but the Air is mostly unchanged from last years model. And isn't it the trend that everyone wants a smaller tablet?
2. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
You know Apple never innovates. All Apple does is copy the android ecosytem since everyone knows android invented the modern day tablet.
It's a crying shame that Apple has to play catch-up to android's existing 64-bit processors standard in tablets, how Apple has to reduce the weight of it's super heavy iPad 4, how Apple struggles to give it's users a 10-hour battery life, and how iOS is really not a bona fide operating system and how users constantly complain about the iOS lag.
With all these problems, it's amazing Apple continues to be in business.
3. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Well things are dire at Apple, but not as bad as you make them out to be. Apple will stay in business, however, as they have a massive cult following that will lick anything with an Apple logo on it.
6. Dexxter (Posts: 10; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)
if you stopped being a troll for a moment, you would realize that now the only difference between the iPad air and the mini is that of screen size and $100. So why is it wrong for people to want a bigger sized tablet for $100 more?
9. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Dexxter, did you go out of your way just to make this handle?
Congrats for 100% of your posts being personal attacks.
4. romeoc1984 (Posts: 20; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
You both sound like sad sacs...let nature take its course...