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Despite iPhone issues, life is good for Apple, thanks to the best-selling iPad

In response to record demand for the Apple iPad, Apple, Inc. is stepping up its production efforts.  As of last month the Cupertino giant topped 3 million units sold worldwide.

Apple originally set a goal of reaching production of 2.5 million units a month to be reached by December, but it now appears that it may hit that number well ahead of schedule, in response to high demand.

According to Digitimes Research:
Apple is estimated to have outsourced 2.3-2.35 million iPads to Taiwan players in July with 58-60% for the Wi-Fi and 3G hybrid model despite Wi-Fi only models having stronger sales in the first half of 2010, Kuo noted.
That's up greatly from the 1.2 million units that Digitimes Research estimated in June.  And it's way above the 700,000 units that the iPad began shipping per month at launch in April (U.S.).

The move indicates two things -- first that Apple plans on selling a lot more iPads, and second that it's trying to push the public to make those sales of the more lucrative 3G-ready iPad (a move its U.S. carrier AT&T is surely excited about).

The wildest analyst estimates pegged the iPad at selling 8 million units this year.  If Apple can continue to quickly ramp up production, though, it stands to sell as many as 16-18 million units this year.  We'd be conservative, bumping our previous estimate to 15 million units for the year.

This terrific sales success is great news for Apple on a number of levels.  First, it establishes the company as the top player in a promising emerging market.  Second it should lead to a "halo effect" boosting sales of other Apple products.  And finally, it should help Apple to overcome the negative publicity of the numerous issues that the iPhone 4 suffered -- including signal woes, proximity sensor malfunctions, and not fully cured sealants.

Later this month the iPad will come to more countries overseas, including Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore, which should help to continue to stoke the sales flame.

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RE: Apple is Now Producing 2.3M+ iPads Monthly
By FaceMaster on 7/6/2010 11:50:51 AM , Rating: 2
The next fad is unlikely to be as innovative and incredible as Apple's state of the art technology. The Ipad is pushing computer technology forward with its state of the art multitasking, sleek and shiny workstation. Wave goodbye to loading screens and incompatible apps as Apple's Incredexperience(TM) technology revolutionises the industry and delivers the biggest breakthrough in technology since the invention of the unbreakable, solar-panelled calculator.

RE: Apple is Now Producing 2.3M+ iPads Monthly
By Quadrillity on 7/6/2010 1:12:51 PM , Rating: 2
... all together, the mass of drones replied: ALL HAIL APPLE!

RE: Apple is Now Producing 2.3M+ iPads Monthly
By sebmel on 7/7/10, Rating: -1
By sebmel on 7/7/2010 3:20:35 PM , Rating: 2
"Quadrillity: Who cares?"

I think it's of interest to those thinking about the politics of the internet... will Apple manage to push HTML5 to the fore or will they be forced by the popularity of flash enabled devices to backtrack and implement it in iOS.

2.3 million sales of the iPad/month represents quite a market and quite a Safari browser segment to have to cater to.

Think about it this way:
Netbooks sales were the phenomenon of computer sales over the last couple of years. How many?

85 million in 2.5 years... a big important market.

If these iPad sales maintain current momentum over a similar period (remember they are only just being rolled out worldwide), without any increase at all they would make a market about 80% of the netbook market... about 70 million units (2.3 x 30months).

Back in their struggling years Apple had about 25 million active users and sold about 4 million Macs annually.

This level of iPad sales, when added to iPhone, iPod Touch and the revitalised Mac sales growth (Apple now sell in a quarter what they sold in some years) changes the politics of the web... in a good way.

That Microsoft tactic of 'embrace and extend' (the one that corrupted the HTML in IE6 and Front Page)... that's a no gamer in the face of this market... and I think that's good for PC users too. It forces competition on quality rather than gaming the standards.

So, who cares? I do. Perhaps you should too. Just a though.

Another idea:
What do you think was the impetus for Microsoft to work hard on Windows 7?

Now you might say: sales.

Well think about it. There is a danger for Microsoft in making a decent version of Windows. Software doesn't suffer failure, like hardware does.

Lets call it the XP factor: MS make a good enough version of Windows and sales can dry up. It's very hard to keep pushing the upgrade cycle if people are satisfied with what they have... especially if many of those sales are to banks who just run a browser and Excel.

Why take the risk? '95 wasn't stable... '98 sales didn't suffer
'98 wasn't stable... ME didn't suffer
ME wasn't stable XP didn't suffer.

But XP and 2000 were road blocks for Microsoft... they were good.

Vista wasn't good so it didn't hinder Windows 7... but XP is still there hampering sales.

Competition forces Microsoft to compete on quality... it forces them to produce road blocks to future versions.

Apple doesn't suffer from this because of the hardware + OS tie-in.
Microsoft can't rely on that.

So competition is our friend, in many ways.

By Ammohunt on 7/6/2010 1:53:41 PM , Rating: 2
Wow! you cut and paste that from the Apple website?

By drycrust3 on 7/6/2010 2:07:40 PM , Rating: 2
Reader1 would have been proud of you.

RE: Apple is Now Producing 2.3M+ iPads Monthly
By Ted Landry on 7/6/2010 2:24:19 PM , Rating: 2
But Apple doesn't produce fads, they produce lasting changes to our society... the PC, the Spreadsheet, the GUI, the mouse, the Laser printer, WWW, Wireless, iPod, iPhone, iPad... these are all foundational pieces as we go forward.

RE: Apple is Now Producing 2.3M+ iPads Monthly
By beayn on 7/7/2010 2:40:13 AM , Rating: 1
But Apple doesn't produce fads, they produce lasting changes to our society... the PC, the Spreadsheet, the GUI, the mouse, the Laser printer, WWW, Wireless, iPod, iPhone, iPad... these are all foundational pieces as we go forward.

You can google any of those techs and find who really invented them. The MP3 player, Cell phone and tablet computer being part of that list as well.

If this guy really gets paid to advertise as someone else stated, all he's doing is hurting the company's reputation, not helping it. I tend to think based on the few posts I've seen from him that he's just trying to piss people off and gets a kick out of their responses. Nobody is that dumb to think that Apple invented every single piece of tech we have today, especially when a simple internet search can tell you who invented what.

Does Safari send you to propaganda websites when you search for anything related to Apple? I wouldn't doubt it since this guy's links are also not what they seem - Don't click on his links, they don't take you to the website he says they do.

By Quadrillity on 7/7/2010 7:55:35 AM , Rating: 2
oh,... I seriously thought he was being satirical. Wow, that's sad.

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