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

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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13 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

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...

8. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

9. Misanthropos

Posts: 56; Member since: Aug 03, 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.

14. cndosx

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 08, 2011

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

17. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

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

16. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 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?

18. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 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.

10. derp unregistered

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

22. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

24. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

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

32. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

ah nice. that was a clean joke

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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