Asian newspaper Digitimes is reporting that Apple may deliver over 10 million iPads in the upcoming quarter. According to component suppliers, Apple is poised to ship over 6 million iPads in the current quarter, 3 million of which will be iPad 2 models. As production ramps up and demand increases, the Cupertino company may sell between 10 to 12 million iPads in the next quarter. Apple is estimated to sell over 40 million iPads by the end of the year, and Digitimes predicts that more than half of this 40 million figure will be sold in the second half of the year.
This 10 million figure is significant as this jump to double-digit sales is occurring when competition for the iPad will begin to heat up. The 3G Motorola Xoom is available now, but a less-expensive Wi-Fi only version is expected to debut in April. The long-awaited BlackBerry PlayBook as well as the 3D-capable LG Optimus Pad are also expected to land in the upcoming months. Finally, you have the webOS-powered Touchpad, which is projected to land this summer. Despite a variety of challengers, sales of the iPad are still projected to increase. Impressive.