Rumours of the iPad 2 being announced imminently has done little to dampen consumer demand for the original iPad, as Cupertino pushes to reach a life-to-date shipment of the hot selling slate to an unprecedented 40 million units.
According to sources familiar to Apple’s supply chain, it is reportedly expecting the delivery in the region of at least six million iPads for the first financial quarter, plus 300,000 to 400,000 units of the iPad 2 for the initial batch.
By way of comparison, Apple ordered 1.7-2 million iPads in January and February and the new order starting March will push the figure in excess of two million every month.
Apple will be relying heavily on the iPad to keep revenue flowing after reports surfaced of mass production of the iPad 2 not going as well as planned. The Cupertino-based giant is widely expected to officially unveil the iPad 2 to the world at a San Francisco event later today.
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