Analyst Predicts 55 Million iPad Device Sales in 2012
The 55 million figure comes courtesy of an investor note picked up Apple Insider. Shaw Wu, an analyst with Sterne Agee, claims the iPad 3 is going to be a big upgrade in terms of hardware, with 4G LTE being the feature Apple will ballyhoo the most.
Apple last week sent out invitations to a media event that will take place on March 7, 2012 at 10am Pacific, during which time it will unveil the iPad 3.
Wu believes the inclusion of a 4G LTE radio will further separate the iPad 3 from the plethora of Android tablets on the market, including Amazon's Kindle Fire device, the second most popular tablet on the planet in terms of market share.
"We view the potential inclusion of 4G LTE as key with speeds approaching that of a quality personal computer experience," Wu said.
Not only is a 4G LTE radio a great update for the iPad line, but Wu believes it serves as a strong indicator that Apple's next iPhone model will also sport the same upgrade, which disappointingly wasn't included in the iPhone 4S released in 2011.