Apple to ship 20 million iPads this fall

The "Taiwan Economic Times" is reporting that Apple's iPad 2 assembler, Hon Hai Precision Industry has upped its initial shipment projection of 14 million iPad 2 units for the third quarter to 20 million units.

Apple is expected to ship 20 million iPad 2 units in the third quarter. Apple

The "Taiwan Economic Times" is reporting that Apple's iPad 2 assembler, Hon Hai Precision Industry, has upped its initial shipment projection of 14 million iPad 2 units for the third quarter to 20 million units.

If the report is accurate, that's a 42.8 percent increase in projected output. "Although declining to comment on the report, Hon Hai stressed that it is normal to forecast a shipment surge in the third quarter, a booming season for the electronic industry."

Obviously Apple is confident in high sales heading into the holiday season. The projected numbers would also debunk any possibility of an iPad 3 reveal before the holiday as had been previously speculated .

Apple sold more than 9 million iPad 2s in the second quarter causing many analysts to believe that Apple's original projection of 40 million iPad 2 units for the year would be easily surpassed.

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"Considering the unparalleled popularity of iPad, the market researcher emphasized that Apple will surely continue to lead the market in the years to come, for the U.S.-based company has effectively solved supply shortages seen a few months ago. Therefore, Hon Hai is also expected to keep profiting from the product in the next few years."

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