The analysts' forecasts range from 17 million to 32 million. Median estimate: 24 million
FORTUNE (Vang Vieng, Laos) -- Sales of Apple's (AAPL) iPad grew from zero to 7.3 million units in 2010 and doubled in 2011 to 15.4 million.
According to our most bullish independent analysts, they doubled again in calendar 2012.
According to the most bearish professional -- Argus Research's Jim Kelleher -- they grew (once you factor out 2011's extra MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 11, 2013 6:39 PM ET
A heist, a lawsuit, a liar, a passel of new products and a $75 million payout forgone
FORTUNE -- There was no shortage of big Apple (AAPL) news in 2012, from a billion-dollar jury verdict to a three-month bear market that lopped $260 billion off the company's market cap. But of the 814 items filed in this space over the past 12 months, these were the 10 that -- for good or ill -- interested MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 30, 2012 7:13 AM ET
A new Morgan Stanley survey suggests there is still room to grow
FORTUNE -- "Despite concerns to the contrary," writes Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty reporting the results of a proprietary survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers, "iPhone and iPad demand remain strong. C4Q US iPhone purchase intentions beat our forecast. Stable 50% iPad share also surprised us, despite our modeled drop next year."
Among the key findings:
Strong iPhone 5 demand. Survey suggested 33% MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 17, 2012 12:15 PM ET
Meanwhile, 44% of tablet shoppers plan to buy an iPad versus 24% for Kindle Fire
FORTUNE -- Consumer preferences in one of this holiday's hottest categories -- tablet computers -- shifted pretty dramatically between the third and fourth quarters, according to a new survey of U.S. households with broadband access published Thursday by Parks Associates.
Among its findings:
For the first time, more U.S. broadband households plan to purchase a tablet for the holidays MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 13, 2012 5:10 PM ET
Calls Apple's iPad mini the "must have gift" of the year
FORTUNE -- "The iPad mini is a game changer," writes Millennial Media's Matt Gillis in a blog post Monday.
"Every holiday season there seems to be one particular item that stands out as the 'must have gift' of the year," he writes, "and in 2012, early figures lead us to believe that this could be the iPad Mini. Truth be told, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 10, 2012 12:34 PM ET
No lines, no scalpers, no unruly crowds
FORTUNE -- If it wants excitement at its Chinese launch events, Apple (AAPL) may need to rethink the reservation-only system it put in place last January after a dangerous mob forced it to halt sales of the iPhone 4S in Beijing before they began.
IDG News' Michael Kan reports that turnout for the iPad mini that arrived in mainland China Friday was "nearly nonexistent." There wasn't MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 7, 2012 6:12 AM ET
Events are coming to a head for Apple on the eve of Pearl Harbor Day
FORTUNE -- There's going to be a lot Apple (AAPL) news to digest this Thursday, Dec. 6.
In fact, it could be an Apple three-ring circus staged in three cities on two continents:
San Jose, Calif. -- Attorneys for Apple and Samsung will clash once again in Judge Lucy Koh's San Jose courthouse in a hearing that will MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 3, 2012 8:19 AM ET
There's good news and bad in Apple's Friday press release
FORTUNE -- There was mixed reaction on Wall Street to Apple's (AAPL) announcement about which new products are headed to China and when they might get there.
The key paragraph (with irritating trademark symbols stripped out):
The Wi-Fi versions of iPad mini and fourth generation iPad with Retina display will be available in China on Friday, December 7, and iPhone 5 will be MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 30, 2012 11:37 AM ET
This year 48% want an iPad, up from 31% in 2010 and 44% in 2011
FORTUNE -- Nielsen released the results of its annual "iHoliday" survey of U.S. children's Christmas wish lists Tuesday, and once again Apple (AAPL) dominated four of the five top spots (see Nielsen graphic below).
What interested us was that despite increased competition in both the tablet and smartphone markets, the kids' attraction to the Apple brand has MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 21, 2012 9:14 AM ET
Suspect reportedly helping detectives search Long Island for a truck full of stolen iPads
FORTUNE -- He's been called "bonehead," "Dumbfellas" and the "less-than-master-mind" behind the theft of 3,600 iPad minis Monday night from the JFK cargo building that was the site of the 1978 Lufthansa heist featured in "Goodfellas."
Court papers filed Friday in Brooklyn show that one Renel Rene Richardson has been arrested by the FBI and charged with acting MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 18, 2012 8:34 AM ET
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