Apple to ship more than 20 million iPad 2 tablets in Q3

Those who follow technology press closely were disappointed to learn that a revamped iPad rumored to launch this fall — possibly a “Pro” model with a Retina Display — is likely not going to become a reality. Apple never made any official mention of the device, of course, so we have no way of knowing whether or not earlier rumors were accurate. What we can seemingly say, however, is that consumers don’t seem to care. Apple continues to sell iPad 2 tablets as fast as its manufacturing partners can ship them, and a new report from Taiwan Economic News on Friday suggests Apple continued to see unprecedented demand so far this quarter. Read on for more.

Without specifying the source of its report, Taiwan Economic News states Apple’s main iPad supplier, Foxconn-owner Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., has revised its third-quarter iPad 2 shipment estimates up to more than 20 million units. The firm had previously projected that shipments would total 14 million units according to the report.

During its last earnings call, Apple said it sold 9.25 million iPads in its June quarter. It should be noted, however, that iPad 2 supply did still fall short of demand at times in several regions during that period. If shipments of Apple’s popular tablet are finally able to meet or surpass demand, third-quarter iPad sales — which would correspond with Apple’s fourth fiscal quarter — could balloon significantly.

Apple will report its September-quarter earnings next month.

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