It seems like months ago that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) reported that it had sold 1 Million iPads. Actually it’s a scant few weeks. Since then stories speculating on the amount of iPads available for sale have been common place on the web. US stores have run out of stock at various points. Launches in other territories have been delayed. And pundits have cited concerns over the actual amount of iPads available for the European launch.
Let’s not forget that the iPad is also rolling out in Canada and Australia this week too.
Sterne Agee analyst Vijay Rakesh is claiming that he has run checks on Apple’s supply chains and he is claiming that they have been producing the iPad at the rate of between 1 and 1.5 million units per month.
We’ve reported previously that Apple has had technical problems with its iPad manufacture, and that has surely meant that the supply lines have been running at lower capacity that Apple initially hoped. So a gradual increase in production should be expected in coming months as they work through these issues.
Vijay estimates that Apple could be rolling out 2.5 Million iPads from September onwards. When you extrapolate those figures that’s some 15 Million or so iPads Apple will have produced by the end of the year.
The only thing holding Apple back right now, according to Sterne Agee, is the availability of Flash memory. A problem the entire tech industry faces all of the time.
The iPad figures sounds believable to us. Which would mean that Apple is going to have some stellar results this year.
Do you think Apple will shift more than 15 million iPads before Christmas? Post your best bet in the comments for the total number they ship this year, and I’ll buy whoever gets closest a beer on the 1st of Jan 2011! Let us know in the comments.[blogs.barrons.com]