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iPad shipments reach 1.2 million a month, Samsung chips in

updated 07:45 am EDT, Fri June 18, 2010

Apple gets Samsung help for iPad productions

Shipments of iPads have already accelerated to 1.2 million every month and have reached the point where Apple needs production help, tips from the industry clued on Friday. Apple had launched the iPad making 700,000 of the tablets per month but has had to boost production by more than two thirds to keep up with demand. Digitimes Research analyst Kuo Ming-Chi estimates Apple could scale to as many as 2.5 million iPads per month before the end of the year.

To handle the added workload, Samsung is reportedly coming onboard as a second display maker. LG Display is still making the majority of the screens and made an estimated 800,000 to 900,000 screens by itself last month, but Samsung will be tasked with making 300,000 to 500,000 of the 9.7-inch LCDs a month starting in July.

The stepped up production rate is likely necessary to address international expansion but also points to increasing demand in the US, which is still the single largest market for iPads. Even if end-of-year estimates are optimistic, the current production rate would have Apple easily eclipse predicted 2010 sales for tablets and could give the category a head start on overtaking netbooks within the next two to three years.



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  1. iphonerulez

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    I guess the iPad naysayers are getting bent out

    of shape hearing this news. I distinctly saw comments saying that the iPad craze would die out in a couple of months.

    My only concern of analysts talking about 10 million iPads by the end of the year was that Foxconn couldn't produce that many due to parts supply shortages and assembly time. How does a factory doing the assembly ramp up 50% more when they were already working at 110%? However, if Apple can really sell 10 million iPads this year the analysts will have to bump up Apple's target prices once again. Wow!

    I hope Apple doesn't have to try cutting corners and lowering the quality of the iPad to ramp up to such high production rates. As an Apple investor I'd rather them not sell as many the first year and keep quality high. I don't know if it would be as simple as Apple throwing more money to suppliers and assemblers and saying "Just do it." There must be no shortage of jobs over in China where those factories are located.

    One other thing that pleases me is that if Apple is grabbing all those resources of parts and manpower, it would be difficult for rival tablet builders to manage any decent production rates this year.

  1. Durandalus

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    But it has no USB!

    How dare people buy one!

  1. iphonerulez

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    Check out this report about iPad being a fad...

    http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/06/18/forrester-ipad-sales-will-plummet/

    This is supposedly a reliable source of information yet is hugely contrary to most predictions and current iPad demand.

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