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Leaks: Apple shipped at least 2.4m iPad 2s in March alone

updated 08:25 am EDT, Wed April 6, 2011

Suppliers say 2.4m iPad 2 delivered in March

Apple may have had very aggressive launch shipments of the iPad 2 despite the shortages, part suppliers said Wednesday. About 2.4 million to 2.6 million of the tablets are believed to have shipped just in March. The rate should accelerate faster still, Digitimes said, and would hit four million to 4.3 million per month in each spring month to lead to at least 12 million iPad 2s in the season.

The main limiting factor for Apple, and for any other tablet maker, could be the cover lenses for touchscreen panels, suppliers said. Taiwan-area companies like Chunghwa, G-Tech, HannStar, TPK, and Wintek are all increasing their capacities this year. Apple usually only relies on a handful of suppliers, Wintek being one of them, but will have to make sure that the supplier keeps ahead of demand or else that more than one supplier is available.

March shipment figures if accurate would suggest an explosive start to iPad 2 sales. Apple took 28 days to ship its first million iPads and likely reached that mark in half the time or less for the sequel, although claims of a million-unit launch are less likely. The sales acceleration was almost certainly helped by an international release just two weeks after the US, where Apple had to push non-US availability out by several weeks in 2010.

Most competitors have yet to show their cards, but Xoom sales may disappoint based on unofficial analyst checks.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. kdogg73

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Dec 2002

    +1

    Any indication

    I know several people waiting on their iPad 2 orders with great excitement. I wish I had one. :/

  1. msuper69

    Professional Poster

    Joined: Jan 2000

    +7

    'took' ???????

    your comment

  1. Grendelmon

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Dec 2007

    +3

    So...

    According to the title, Apple had 2.4m iPad 2s returned? That's a pretty signficant failure rate. In fact, I've read in more reputable news sources that Apple actually SHIPPED 2.4m iPad 2s, meaning their failure rate is 100%. Hmm, not good.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2005

    +1

    "took"

    Probably the same moron macnn editor who believes that electronics companies "out" products. Wouldn't surprise me - there a no professional standards at macnn.

  1. gnomehole

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    Joined: Oct 2010

    0

    Boom

    Apple lowers the boom on the wannabe's... again. Sad for Android, sad for RIM... sorry you won't be repeating what you did on those "open" smartphones fellas.

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