An analyst has said that iPad 2 sales aren’t as high as they should be for this quarter. US-based industry watcher Horace Dediu made the surprising revelation which goes against other predictions that Apple’s latest tablet is one of the company’s most successful devices yet.
The iPad 2 reportedly sold one million units in the US during its opening weekend last month, smashing the original iPad sales record which reached the one million mark after 28 days. Since it was rolled out to the rest of the world at the end of March, an estimated 2.6 million iPad 2s have been sold worldwide but Dediu reckons that Apple will only shift 4.2 million units in Q2, which is way under the earlier predicted figure of 6 to 8 million.
Although Apple is yet to reveal how many iPad 2s have been sold since its high-profile launch, Dediu’s predictions are based on a recent Apple filing that says: “As of March 2011, more than 108 million iPhones have been sold worldwide.
“By March 2011 Apple has sold over 60 million [iPod Touch] units and by March 2011, Apple sold over 19 million iPads.”
BGR added: “Dediu uses these figures along with knowledge of Apple’s previously reported sales numbers to estimate that the company may have sold a minimum of 18.1 million iPhones, 4.5 million iPod Touch units and 4.2 million iPads in its fiscal second quarter.”
The site also notes that Dediu’s figures could be accurate as Apple’s iPod Touch and iPhone sales tie in with analyst predictions. Even though he still believes that Apple will remain the top dog in the tablet market, it seems to be a tough nut to crack. Some people may be slightly weary of tablets as they do have very similar functions to smartphones. Also, the iPad 2 has proved to be so popular that people may be waiting for the hype to die down before buying theirs, rather than settling in for a 2 – 3 week wait before it lands on their doorstep.
Android may be increasing its tablet portfolio with the likes of the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab range but Apple may want to settle in to its place at the tablet top spot as Gartner predicts that it will stay there until at least 2015.