iPad Mini Predicted to Push Overall iPad Sales Past 30 Million This Holiday Season

The iPad mini hasn’t even been announced yet, and analysts are already talking about how well it will sell over the holiday season. If you combine the predicted 10 million unit sales that the Wall Street Journal forecasted earlier with the 21.6 million units RBC Capital Markets is estimating for 9.7-inch iPad sales to be, you’ve got a hefty sales sheet for the fourth quarter.

Analyst Amit Daryanani with RBC told investors to expect Apple to sell 21.6 million iPads in the December quarter. These numbers did not include the anticipated 7.85-inch iPad that is rumored to be on store shelves before the holiday season arrives.

Daryanani believes that the iPad mini could result in a two-billion dollar net benefit for Apple based on a conservative estimate of eight million units of the smaller device being sold.

We’ve been hearing a flood of rumors the past week or so about the iPad mini. The Wall Street Journal reported that the device is already in production in China. AllThingsD reported today that the smaller screen tablet will be as good as, or even better than the third-generation iPad. Today, the Wall Street Journal also reported that Apple has ordered 10 million units from suppliers for the fourth quarter.

This Wednesday, it is rumored that Apple will send out invitations for a product event. Based on past practices, that would mean the event would take place on Oct. 17 and the iPad mini would hit store shelves the first week of November.

[Via: Apple Insider]

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