Analyst predicts that iPad sales might tally in at the 50 million mark in 2012

Analyst predicts that iPad sales might tally in at the 50 million mark in 2012
As we’ve seen time after time, Apple’s iPad has seen its share of success in the form of selling millions of units since its inception – and it’s something we can expect with the next version of the iPad as well. Even before getting a glimpse of what to expect with its successor, there are already numbers floating around that hint to the possibilities of its success.

According to Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu, we can expect to see Apple selling nearly 48 million iPads this year alone, which is deemed by him as being a conservative estimate at this point. In a note to investors on Wednesday morning, Wu said, “We believe this significant refresh will likely help drive higher iPad sales and help further differentiate from arguably the only real competitor in the market, Amazon’s Kindle Fire, and not to mention the myriad of Android offerings out there.”

When you think about the conservative estimate, it goes to show the kind of excitement that’s normally associated with any of Apple’s product launches. Unlike the iPhone, we can say with a good amount of certainty that the iPad has a firm grasp on the market – and more importantly, it sets the tone for everything else out there.

Until recently, the iPad barely had a distinguishable competitor, but it’ll be intriguing to see how Apple will fend off the competition over the course of the year. But hey, with close to 50 million iPads expected to sell this year, it is still an admirable feat in anyone’s book.

via BGR

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1. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Seems like a pretty high estimate. One thing that might help them hit that number though is the fact that they are (according to rumors) releasing the iPad 3 in the next few months, which is probably before ICS tablets and Win8 tablets will hit the shelves. They could potentially get the spotlight all to themselves for a while before the competition releases its newest products.

2. hammertong

Posts: 42; Member since: May 10, 2010

Does that number account for the millions of I-pads given to nearly every student in the USA? That would hardly qualify as "sales".

5. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Never heard of iPads being given out. I have kids in school and college and they never heard of it either. Can you be more specific or are you just spewing?

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

there are colleges that are going ebook and instead of allowing you a choice in e-readers, they are making ipod only ebooks. some colleges (i believe it was LU) have actually added them into tuition costs, making them "free" to students. since im back in college, i keep wondering why my ebooks have to come either in ipod or android format. why dont they just get smart and release an amazon/kindle book store compatible app. That way it would work on everything.

3. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I can believe that. The plain hard truth is Apple has the best "looking" tablet out there. Google screwed the pooch with Honeycomb and the OEMs did the same by putting that half baked OS up against the polished user experience of iOS and then sold it to carriers who demanded either a contract or an $800 price tag. I have an Android phone and an iPad because that were first put out were horrible. I can't wait for Google to wake up and give me the same kind of scrolling fps as seen on the iPad. That's all they're missing. And although a smooth UI sounds like a very simple little thing, it's one of the things that make iDevices such a huge hit!

4. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

The only decent thing about the Android tablets is the aspect ration. I use my honeycomb tablet for video, but the iPad for everything else. Google will never learn. Specs do not make a tablet. May as well put a V12 in a Ford Pinto for all the good the Tegra 3 will do.

6. krazdjokr26 unregistered

makes perfect sense...

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the reason why that may never happen was answered a long time ago. iOS is designed to literally STOP everything when scrolling happens and give all available resources to scrolling. That means it stops loading pages and more until you stop scrolling the screen. Android gives no precedence to scrolling more than anything else while its multitasking. I can also call a bit of BS to that, as im running ICS on my single core SGS1. It works pretty damn smoothly. Why does a dual core honeycomb tablet lag so bad? That is the question. My ICS rom'ed phone runs way smoother than my dual core HC tablet. If ICS on my ol phone is this nice i cant wait to see what it does on an exynos or T3 chip. It will finally give iOS a run for its smoothness thats for sure.

11. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Correction: I actually meant the UI or the transition effects when going one screen to the next. Michael H explained it in that same article that it was too late for Google to go back and add that same UI separation to Android back in 2009. So when the Galaxy Nexus came out I just knew I would see that same level of smoothness. But alas, when I swiped stuttered. When I swiped right... it stuttered again! It just gave me a feeling that Google would just never learn. BUT!!!! I feel reassured when I hear you and others say their ICS ROMs are running so much better. So I guess I'll just wait and see what new phones Q1 at VZW will bring about. Because every other OS is waaaay to boring for me now.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

im running passion V11 right now with widgets all over the place and the thing is smooth as butter... On a single core phone. You gotta remember, ICS isnt new, its an off shoot of HC, which means its going to have the same base code for most things, just optimized a lot better. Im sure by the time they get to 4.1, it will be much more heavily optimized for general use.

7. xiobnb

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

the profile pic freaks me out !!lol

8. hepresearch unregistered

... and when those filfy andwoidses are dead, we take its fwom them... Give... us... the... pweciousssss!!! PWECIOUSSS!!!

13. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

One iPad to rule them all!

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