Report: Apple to ship up to 14 million iPad 2 tablets in current quarter

July 1 is the start of a new quarter and Apple certainly hopes that the supply issues that have kept the numbers of its iPad 2 tablets on the low side are now over with. The iPad 2, which launched earlier this year, has suffered from two supply disruptions. One came from the March earthquake that devastated parts of Japan. The other came in May when a Foxconn manufacturing plant in China exploded, killing several people and also reportedly slowing down production of the iPad 2 tablet.

Now it looks like Apple is ready to give the waiting world a lot more iPad 2 units to buy. According to a report from Digitimes, Apple plans to ship out between 12 million and 14 million units of the tablet in the third quarter. That's a huge increase from the amount that shipped in the just concluded second quarter. Digitimes claims that Apple only managed to ship between 7 million and 9 million iPad 2 units in the second quarter.

According to the article, Apple has been taking steps to ensure that there will be plenty of iPad 2 tablets to go around. It states, "Apple has been piling up its inventory of iPad 2 components such as panels in the second quarter to minimize the risk of facing component shortages." While there have been rumors that Apple might release the third generation of the iPad before the end of the year there's no concrete evidence to suggest this will actually happen.

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dewaaz said,
No other product comes close - still, after all this time.
When I show iPad users my Asus Transformer, it normally leaves them very quiet and at most a few "Hmmm"'s as they realise the iPad is not the best out there.

Exosphere said,
When I show iPad users my Asus Transformer, it normally leaves them very quiet and at most a few "Hmmm"'s as they realise the iPad is not the best out there.

Yeah right.

Exosphere said,
When I show iPad users my Asus Transformer, it normally leaves them very quiet and at most a few "Hmmm"'s as they realise the iPad is not the best out there.

Haha, yeah.... Just had a colleague show us his Asus transformer. The tablet itself is standard android (I.e. Still not great) and when docked it weights a ****ing ton. Just buy a laptop instead.

Still not as good as the iPad thanks primarily to the software.

@Exosphere It depends on whats you want. I don't care about the fact it can also work as a laptop. In terms of the tablet-form-factor the iPad 2 is the best you can get for the money it costs. The sleek design is the best there is, because it works great in both landscape and portrait (16:10 tablets sucks for portrait). The battery is better then what the competition offers.

Also, the UI is much smoother then Honeycomb because Google still didn't use Hardware Acceleration for the UI, which is stupid to say the least. Honeycomb feels very buggy sometimes and doesn't feel finished. The iPad ecosystem reached 100.000 specific iPad apps. Honeycomb maybe has something like 200.

The fact is that Apple doesn't have any real competition at the moment. 89% of the worldwide tabletmarkt are iPads, in some countries it's 99 or 100%. That is so huge, it will take a lot of time for any competitor to compete with that.

I think the first real competition will come from Windows 8, when they can make a efficient OS with great battery life and a smooth UI, they might succeed and be the biggest competitor.

I'm not going to lie, I love my iPad but hate Apple. It's a great device for websurfing and email. It isn't very good for much else - imo.

johnathonm said,
I'm not going to lie, I love my iPad but hate Apple. It's a great device for websurfing and email. It isn't very good for much else - imo.
Yeah, my iPad has just ended up sitting in the corner of my room. It's a novelty item. But it was a present so im not that annoyed.

johnathonm said,
I'm not going to lie, I love my iPad but hate Apple. It's a great device for websurfing and email. It isn't very good for much else - imo.

That's maybe because you dont buy with a determinate use in mind, but because it's a fad. I use my iPad for heavy novel reading, as a portable interactive portfolio, to draft articles and research papers and review and anotate pdf files. It's a great machine for that as I knew it would be and that's why i got it.

Tablets are useful for many things. Light devices, easy to handle, with immediate orientation awareness, easy to use thanks to a manual paradigm.

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