“Apple’s tablet, which is expected to be unveiled in January, won’t be a huge growth driver for the company next year,” Jay Yarow reports for Silicon Alley Insider. “But as Wall Street begins to factor the devices into their Apple models, increased estimates and louder buzz could drive shares higher.”
“The tablet, if on sale by the end of March, will deliver a 2% increase in sales next year, writes Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray in a note today,” Yarow reports. “Munster estimates Apple will sell 1.4 million units at an average of $600 per device in 2010.”
Yarow reports, “Munster also thinks that Apple might use a January event to show off a revamped Apple TV — including a subscription TV show service — and a new iPod Touch with a video camera.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We fail to see even a shred of credibility in any “Apple tablet” unit sales estimate at this time. It’s premature prognostication. Munster should have held off of unit predictions until the device is unveiled, if it is unveiled, and we can see the specs, features, connected services, and the retail price. In any case, barring a screwup of Microsoftian proportions, Munster’s estimate sounds ridiculously low. Maybe it was a typo and he meant 1.4 million units in the first quarter of availability? Or 14 million for ¾ths of the year? That seems quite feasible; after all, Apple did sell over 1 million iPhone 3GS units in its first three days on the market.