updated 09:45 am EDT, Tue July 6, 2010
Most units expected to be 3G, not Wi-Fi
Apple's orders with Taiwanese manufacturers currently put iPad production at over 2 million units a month, according to a new research estimate. In particular, Apple is believed to have ordered between 2.3 and 2.35 million iPads for July alone. Production should, moreover, stay above that level for the foreseeable future, claims Digitimes Research.
An unusual aspect of the estimate is that in the July batch, roughly 58 to 60 percent of the iPads being assembled are expected to be 3G models, not Wi-Fi-only counterparts. The Wi-Fi option has been the most popular with the public so far, as it costs less both in terms of hardware and ongoing data fees. Apple has had a hard time fulfilling demand for 3G tablets, however, and so it may be attempting to compensate.