Apple iPad panel shipments will top 65 million units in 2011, estimates DigiTimes. However, another analyst suggests that the iPad's continuing success could start to affect the market for other Apple products, notably the Mac and iPhone.
DigiTimes' 65-million-units figure comes from the combined estimates for Apple's iPad parts suppliers, including LG Display, Samsung and Chimei Innolux (CMI). "Market players noted that the 65 million unit shipment goal indicates that Apple is very optimistic about the tablet PC market in 2011, and it may also mean that Apple is overbooking panel capacity," reads a Dec. 29 report on the publication's Website. The estimate includes both first-generation and second-generation iPads, the latter of which has yet to make an official appearance despite increasingly fervent conjecture.
However, at least one analyst feels the iPad's blockbuster sales have the potential to negatively impact Apple's product line.
"The iPad has successfully integrated the functionality of a slimmed-down notebook into a media player form factor and has effectively rendered a significant portion of the Mac (and potentially the iPhone) product family obsolete," Brian Marshall, an analyst with Gleacher & Company, wrote in a Dec. 29 research note. "This presents a serious problem as iPhones and Macs generated 65 percent of Apple's total revenue in CY09."