Business users and the general consumer alike might gobble up an incredible number of iPads in 2013 – so many that chief competitors Samsung and Amazon will be just specs in Apple's rearview mirror.
Coming off a week that saw Apple introduce both a fourth-generation iPad and a smaller, 7.9-inch version of its iconic tablet, look for the Silicon Valley giant to sell a staggering 101.6 million tablets next year, said Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley, in his monthly look into the technology sector.
That's right, more than 100 million iPads, which compares to 8.4 million in sales for Samsung and 10.7 million for Amazon Walkley predicts. And that's just 2013. Look for the fourth quarter of 2012 to be a banner one, he says.
"With the impressive refresh of the 4th generation Retina iPad and launch of the iPad mini earlier this week, we anticipate very strong holiday quarter iPad sales, Walkley noted in his report.
The 16GB, Wi-Fi-only version of the iPad mini sells for $329; it'll set you back for $459 if you want to use it on carrier networks, and more for additional storage capacity. The Wi-Fi-only price is still significantly higher than comparable products from rivals Amazon (Kindle Fire HD, $199) and Google (Nexus 7, $249), but not enough to deter a world that often seems gaga over Apple products.
"In fact, with Apple’s decisions to price the iPad Mini at a $170 discount to similar fourth-generation iPad SKUs and competitively priced versus lower priced competing products from Google and other Android OEMs, we anticipate strong sales of the iPad Mini, especially as gifts during the holiday quarter. Further, we believe the iPad mini significantly expands Apple’s tablet addressable market internationally and should lead to strong sales throughout F2013 as international distribution increases."