Analysts’ estimates for Apple’s quarterly iPad sales vary widely

Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune, “So how many iPads has Apple sold so far? The consensus is roughly 8.25 million units.”

“We know that the company sold 3.27 million in Q3,” P.E.D. reports. “The estimates for Q4 we’ve gathered in advance of the company’s Oct. 18 earnings report range from a low of 3.8 million from an uncharacteristically conservative Brian Marshall at Gleacher & Co. to a high of 6 million from the Apple Finance Board’s Robert Paul Leitao, one of the amateur analysts whose estimates have proved in the past considerably more dependable than the professionals’.”

Full article with a list of analysts’ iPad estimates for the quarter here.

40 Comments

  1. Why is the MDN app on the iPad so extremely slow?
    Compared to other news apps on the iPad, the MDN app is so slow that it would be faster to post via snail mail. 30% of the time, the sidebar doesn’t open, 30% of the time the news item doesn’t open.
    100% of the time the app starts in portrait mode, regardless of the orientation of the iPad.

    See this as “constructive” feedback, hoping MDN will take this information to either improve this app or to create a special HD version dedicated to the iPad without the overhead/restrictions of the iPhone.

  2. Why is the MDN app on the iPad so extremely slow?
    Compared to other news apps on the iPad, the MDN app is so slow that it would be faster to post via snail mail. 30% of the time, the sidebar doesn’t open, 30% of the time the news item doesn’t open.
    100% of the time the app starts in portrait mode, regardless of the orientation of the iPad.

    See this as “constructive” feedback, hoping MDN will take this information to either improve this app or to create a special HD version dedicated to the iPad without the overhead/restrictions of the iPhone.

  3. Praying that iPad 2 has a Retina Display. I want an iPad so so so badly, but I’ve been spoiled by my iPhone 4. It’s even ruined my perception of my MacBook Pro’s screen.

  4. Praying that iPad 2 has a Retina Display. I want an iPad so so so badly, but I’ve been spoiled by my iPhone 4. It’s even ruined my perception of my MacBook Pro’s screen.

  5. The guys at AFB are typically more accurate than the paid analysts, and have been over the last few years. It’s understandable because we AFBers concentrate on only one company and its competitors. Most of us who have been around for the last few years have made a boatload of money on AAPL.

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