The iPad has turned the computer world upside-down since its debut in 2010. When it first came out, some were dismissing it as an overgrown iPhone and didn’t expect much from Apple’s new gadget. By the time the iPad 2 was released, the tune had changed and tablets became the new way to browse the Internet, check email and play games. By March of this year, Apple sold more than 55 million iPads, 15.5 million in the forth quarter of 2011 alone. The new iPad is predicted to continue to increase Apple’s market share of tablets in 2012.
According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, Apple may sell more than a million iPads this Friday when the new model hits store shelves. Apple already sold out of pre-orders of their tablet. The company is now estimating that the earliest shipping date is March 19 for those who were unable to get their order in on time.
“A one-million day on Friday, he writes, could bode well for total iPad sales this quarter ending in March, given that the Street has been modeling 10.1 million iPads,” said Munster.
When the first generation iPad came out, 300,000 units were sold in the first weekend. The iPad 2 sold an estimated 400,000 to 500,000 during its opening weekend. Predicting a doubling in the new iPad’s sales for a single day over the iPad 2’s weekend sales shows that Apple is going to be an unstoppable force when it comes to the tablet market.