Financial analysts are busy revising sales forecasts for Apple's iPad after the company announced sales of 2 million units in its first 60 days. The 3G version launched in the U.S. in late April on AT&T. By year's end, 6 million to 10 million are predicted to be sold, with 14 million to 17 million projected to sell by year-end 2011, according to various reports.
iPads hit Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late May 2010, with nine more countries shipping in July and additional countries later this year.
Research firm IDC places iPad in a new category of "media" tablets, distinct from traditional hard-working tablet computers, the likes of which have long been available from Panasonic, Fujitsu, Motion Computing, Intermec, and Armor DS, among many others.
iPad is sparking enthusiasm among execs who roam the so-called "carpeted halls" of enterprise mobility, and vendors are lining up for a slice of this Apple pie. Among those reportedly planning new tablets are HTC, Lenovo, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Research In Motion.
Recent announcements include:
- Asustek Computer's Microsoft Windows 7-based Asus Eee Pad with Intel Core Duo processor and Adobe Flash support. It will sell for $399-$449. Asustek is reportedly developing its own app store with Intel.
- Dell's Android-based Streak with Qualcomm Snapdragon ARM processor out in the U.K. on wireless carrier 02 and due in the U.S. this summer. It features built-in Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth.
- Acer has an Android OS-based seven-inch tablet slated to launch globally in early 3Q.