Several industry analysts have predicted that the second-generation iPad will be a huge success over its launch weekend, with Apple shifting a whopping 600,000 units. Bloomberg reports that Gleacher & Co analyst Brian Marshall expects the iPad 2 to “outpace” the original model, which racked up 300,000 sales in its first weekend, and was one of the most successful product launches.
The second-generation device is expected to do even better, partly due to being a great deal more accessible on launch day. Instead of having to travel to your nearest Apple Store to pick up an iPad 2, you can grab one at one of 10,000 stores across the U.S., including Wal-Mart, Best Buy, AT&T, and Verizon. The addition of a white model is also expected to boost the iPad 2’s success.
The Bloomberg report also notes Tim Barjin’s predictions, who is an analyst at Creative Strategies Inc. and Rodman & Renshaw LLC and Piper Jaffray & Co., and who agrees with Marshall’s expectations:
Apple has such a huge lead,” said Bajarin, who has covered the industry for more than 20 years and works as a technology consultant. He projects 500,000 units in two days. “Competitors are going to be chasing Apple for many years.
Whether Apple hits that 600,000 mark or not, it’s guaranteed to be a huge weekend for the Cupertino company, with people already queueing up to get their hands on the latest iPad tablet. Will you be heading out this weekend to buy one? Let us know in the comments!