Suppliers shipped the staggering number
of between 2.4 and 2.6 million iPad 2s to Apple in March alone, hit
or miss daily DigiTimes reported, quoting sources at touch panel suppliers. If
true, this hints that Apple could have more than doubled the amount
of iPads sold as the first generation of the tablet registered 1
million sold units within the first month of its launch.We have to underline, though, that more than 2.4 million shipped units doesn't necessarily mean that all of them were sold, but - judging from current availability of the tablet - sales could be very close to that number.
Further meeting the huge demand will depend largely on the availability of cover lenses for touch panel modules, the publication added. Taiwanese companies like Chunghwa, G-Tech, HannStar, TPK and Wintek, some of which supply Apple, are all boosting capacity in 2011 to answer the call. While the above 2 million number might be credible, we would take it with a grain of salt as DigiTimes has a mixed track record.
Giving its “conservative estimate,”
it also predicts that the iPad 2 will sell a whopping over 12
million units in the second quarter, approaching the 15 million that the first-gen Apple
tablet sold for the first three quarters of its market presence. The
iPad still largely dominates the tablet market as rival companies
like Motorola haven't yet reported sales of their Motorola XOOM
tablet, but could this change as more Honeycomb tablets hit shelves? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!