Apple's iPad Mini Could Push Holiday iPad Sales Past 30 Million
If Apple doesn't release a so-called iPad mini before the end of 2012, sales of the touchscreen tablet computer will likely still exceed 21 million units. But if the iPad mini does come, a barnburner could be in store for Apple's final quarter of the year.
Analyst Amit Daryanani of RBC Capital Markets believes Apple could sell more that 30 million iPad units by December 31st if the iPad mini rolls out this month. And from the chatter that continues to emerge out of the Asian supply chain, the likelihood of a new product seems strong.
"Production of the iPad Mini is said to be underway at Apple’s Asian component suppliers," Wall Street Cheat Sheet reported this morning, picking up on information from the Wall Street Journal
. "The company had placed orders for 10 million units of the tablet for the holiday quarter. Apple is rumored to be preparing to launch the device at a media event on October 17, with the expectation that it will be put on sale before the end of the month."
Based on allegedly leaked images of components and other speculation about the device's pricing, the iPad mini may cost less than half of a regular entry level iPad but deliver many of the same features and connectivity options that we're familiar with through the current larger tablet models.
Source: Wall Street Cheat Sheet