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Estimates show 16.8 million to 32 million Apple iPads were sold in Q4 2012

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Estimates show 16.8 million to 32 million Apple iPads were sold in Q4 2012
Apple iPad sales by quarter courtesy of Fortune

Apple iPad sales by quarter courtesy of Fortune

Apple is expected to report its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 on January 23rd. One of the most important figures that will be released by the Cupertino based company will be the number of Apple iPads sold in the quarter. Forbes compiled the estimates from 56 analysts, some of whom work for a Wall Street investment house and others who are independent. Once upon a time, the Wall Street pencil pushers would have had predictions well above the independents' numbers, but the days when analysts were used to bring in investment banking business is now well in the past. As a result, the independent analysts now expect that Apple will report that 25.5 million tablets were sold in the period versus a forecast of 22.8 million by the Wall Street guys.

The median estimate of 24 million Apple iPad sales in the fourth quarter would represent a 55% increase from last year. But after taking into consideration the extra week that the fourth quarter of 2011 had, the actual year-over-year increase would be 67%. The high estimate for iPad sales in the quarter was 32 million, while on the low end, it was 16.8 million.

2012 was quite a year for Apple's tablet. In March, the third-generation of the Apple iPad was launched with a 264ppi Retina display. That was followed up with the surprise introduction of the fourth-generation Apple iPad in November along with the 7.9 inch Apple iPad mini. The latest speculation calls for the fifth-generation iPad and an Apple iPad mini 2 to be launched in March. There is still a big question about whether or not the sequel to the "mini" will have a Retina display, although the latest rumor did not mention that the higher resolution screen would be on the model.

source: Forbes

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posted on 13 Jan 2013, 18:03 3

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 1072; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


This is going to be good. Waiting for the fandroid response in an Apple article.

/popcorn

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 18:16 4

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 9277; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Android nation will definitely not like this, if its goods news for apple. I don't know y it's like that, but it is. I root for tech, and yes I bought an iPad and love it... I also love my note 2, and iPhone 5 ahhhhhhhhh tech bliss.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 18:43 2

4. blingblingthing (Posts: 383; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


I am very sure android tablets were 3 million plus or minus the iPad number.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 18:49 1

5. stealthd (Posts: 866; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


You'd be very wrong, unless you were being very sarcastic.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 19:36 2

8. wendygarett (unregistered)


Every inch an iPad :)

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 20:14

14. joey_sfb (Posts: 1973; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Good ipad sales is great, it show that consumer are embracing tablet as a platform. I am happy for their sales as long as Android or other advance platform can move forward as well.

I sold my iPad 3 after using the galaxy tab 7.7 because i like its flexibility and its also much cheaper to own.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 01:51

17. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Read the achievement of galaxy series on this site and then we talk.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 18:06 1

2. MrJerry (Posts: 378; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


If I should buy a tablet, that's gonna be ipad
and that's just because of the iOS Apps "at the moment"

But you know in the near future...

Sooner or later, likely Android first will catch up iOS Apps in tablet too like they did on smartphones
I reckon 2years the maximun
Then unless Apple invents the real thing, they will lose a lot in tablet too

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 19:03 6

6. GoBears (Posts: 304; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


I truly hate Apple with a passion and I have nothing bad to say about this. The only thing that surprises me is that with the economy in shambles, there is so many more new purchases. Hey as long as I don't have to use one, I'm cool with how ever many they sell.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 19:26 5

7. metalpoet (unregistered)


Amen Brotha! Although I do wonder why anyone would bother to spend $400-$800 on the latest iPad, just for Apple to release another one in 6 months, this is going to piss off alot of people in a tight economy.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 19:41

9. wendygarett (unregistered)


The reason they bought iPad is because it's cheaper than iPhone, and bigger screen than iPhone...

consumer will never compare iPad with android tablets... if they have an android phone, they will make sure themselves to get iPad simply because they wanna taste the ios... Simple as that :)

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 19:56

11. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 227; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Not exactly. In my household the ratio is 4:1 Android (that one being an iPod touch) and that didn't push me to "try" an iPad I've visited stores in the mall to toy with the iPad and I bought a Galaxy tab 2. just saying everybody loves it . Kudos thought

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 20:05 2

12. wendygarett (unregistered)


I don't see a reason for you to get an iPad.... You already have an iPod tho... Both are same old boring iOS... It just that most consumer would pick iPad over iPhone iPod as their one and only iOS device... That's all...

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 21:53

15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6621; Member since: 14 May 2012)


If iOS is boring, then why so you troll on articles saying its the best?

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 21:56 1

16. wendygarett (unregistered)


Just because it's boring doesnt mean it's useless :(

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 19:47

10. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 227; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


That's a pretty big gap in estimates

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 20:12 1

13. TBomb (Posts: 76; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


I was thinking the same thing. I could make an estimate from under a rock with that big of a range

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 04:49 1

18. rusticguy (Posts: 2810; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


What sort of an estimate is this with a spread of 15 million? This is like sayiong that entire Galaxy line of phones from samsung must have sold 100-200milion but guess what no one would do such projections when it comes to non apple products as only fool would buy into such "projections" :)

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