updated 11:40 am EDT, Thu May 20, 2010
Sales beating Macs, nearing iPhone levels
iPad sales are extremely strong at the moment, says RBC Capital Markets' Mike Abramsky. Citing checks, the analyst claims that figures are currently over 200,000 units per week, easily beating the 110,000 Macs Apple is estimated to be selling. The iPad is doing so well in fact that it is within range of the iPhone 3GS, which was estimated to be selling about 246,000 units per week in the US during the first quarter.
Apple and Best Buy retail stores are reportedly still going out of iPad stock on a regular basis. Many Apple locations are believed to have no iPad 3Gs, and about 25 percent are said to have just some Wi-Fi models available. As a consequence of all of the new information, Abramsky says he is raising his global iPad forecast for 2010 from 5 million to 8 million.
Several factors are believed to be responsible for pushing sales. These include "rising consumer visibility to [the] iPad's user experience," as well as persistent marketing and word-of-mouth, the iPad 3G launch, and growth in the quantity of apps and other iPad-related content. Apple profits should only be helped once the device launches outside the US.