Crazy iPad Numbers: Analyst Says Apple Could Ship 45 Million This Year

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A recent report at Apple Insider highlights some lofty analyst predictions for iPad sales this year.

Sales of the iPad in 2011 could exceed some of the highest expectations, as overseas component makers have indicated that Apple could sell 45 million of its touchscreen tablet this year.

Analyst Brian White with Ticonderoga Securities is on day 6 of his tech trip to China and Taiwan. In his meetings with component suppliers, sources have revealed expectations that Apple will sell between 40 million and 45 million iPads in 2011.

White said he heard those same figures in a separate visit to Asia last fall, but "at the time, this number was difficult for many investors and some in the media to get their heads around."

Other analysts cited in the article predict iPad sales of close to or at 30 million for 2011.

All of these numbers would be impressive, given that Apple sold 15 million iPads in its first year, and there is now finally some (increasing) competition for the iPad. It’s going to be fascinating to hear what kind of initial sales numbers Apple announces for the iPad 2 in their upcoming earnings call middle of this coming week.

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