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iSuppli Jacks up 2010 iPad Shipment Forecast

El Segundo, Calif. — Amid indications that iPad component availability is improving, iSuppli Corp. is raising its shipment forecast for the {complink 379|Apple Inc.} product to 13.8 million units in 2010, up from its July outlook of 12.9 million.

Apple in its earnings announcement for the fiscal fourth said it shipped 4.2 million iPads during the three-month period ending September 25. The pronouncement indicates that Apple has been able to overcome limitations in component supply so that it can ramp up production.

“In its previous iPad forecasts, iSuppli noted that the only constraint on shipment growth now is production—and not demand,” said Rhoda Alexander, director of monitor research for iSuppli. “The only factor limiting production is the availability of key iPad components, such as the Field Fringe Switching (FFS) LCD panels, projected capacitive touch screens and NAND flash. Despite ongoing yield issues, Apple's suppliers have steadily increased monthly production to meet Apple's demand. Production rates are now on target to meet the expected strong fourth-quarter sales.”

By end of year, iSuppli expects the iPad production rate to approach or exceed 2.5 million units per month. With Apple bringing on additional suppliers in 2011, iSuppli also has increased its 2011 shipment forecast to 43.7 million units, up from 36.5 million, and expanded its 2012 outlook to 63.3 million units, up from 50.4 million previously.

Beyond its rising production, iPad sales also are benefitting from improvements in Apple’s retail strategy. “In addition to its traditional channels, Apple now is expanding to sell the iPad through new retailers, including {complink 11480| Inc.}, Target, {complink 5926|Verizon Communications Inc.} and Walmart,” Alexander said. “Apple has moved more rapidly than expected to push the iPad out to new retailers, which will give it maximum retail presence during the critical holiday sales period.”

Demand for the iPad is rising as users find new ways to use the product to replace tasks previously done on or with paper. Interest from the education sector also is increasing. Apple has yet to offer incentives to the education segment to purchase iPads. However, the company is expected to offer those kinds of packages in 2011 and beyond, similar to deals that Apple currently offers on its laptops to students and teachers.

As usage increases in primary education, expect increased interest from students’ other family members, young and old. To learn more about this topic, see iSuppli’s reports, entitled Portable & Desktop Computing Systems are Ready to Feel the Touch and Teardown Analysis – Apple iPad 3G 16GB

2 comments on “iSuppli Jacks up 2010 iPad Shipment Forecast

  1. maou_villaflores
    October 24, 2010

    This is a very nice news for Apple. However the challenge here is that how are they going to meet the demands. The Apple Ipad program team should consider this scenario as part of their strategy. In fact as of this moment I'm still waiting for fthe Iphone 4 that I ordered three months ago. I spoke with the Apple reseller in my area and he told me bluntly that this is the problem with Apple. They market their products aggressively and most of the time they cant meet the demands. I guess Apple should also consider this issue the next time they launch a product. One the issue here is the location of their manufacturing site( as we all know its in China). This is a challenge for their supply chain management.

  2. t.alex
    December 15, 2010

    Nowadays, if you need to buy an iPad from some shop, chances are you need to wait at least 4 weeks before the product arrives at your door step. Especially now it's coming to year end festive season, probably you have to wait long till next year. 

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