Analyst: Apple’s iPad 2 build plans still ‘well above expectations’

“Despite concern this week that Apple could be cutting production of the iPad 2, one analyst has said that Apple’s build plans for its touchscreen tablets remain ahead of investor expectations,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“Checks with distributors have indicated that Apple is experiencing strong demand for the iPad 2, analyst Shaw Wu with Sterne Agee said in a note to investors on Tuesday. He expects Apple to ship a total of 27 million iPad units in the second half of calendar 2011,” Hughes reports. “If that number holds, it would be ahead of Wall Street’s consensus of between 24 million and 26 million. Wu sees Apple selling 12 million iPads in the September quarter, and another 15 million in the December quarter.”

MacDailyNews Note: Apple will report iPad numbers and much more in their Q411 earnings release after market close on October 18th.

Hughes reports, “Some of the production changes may be affected by the fact that Apple’s manufacturing partner, Foxconn, plans to assemble iPad units in Brazil by the end of this year. The $12 billion facility is reportedly ready to go and the first iPads built there are expected to reach the market by December.”

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  1. It was stated in a public meeting that they are building iPads there already in late August or early September.

    It is not like a giant waterfall, either on or off. There are many sections and lines being built and brought up to speed. Including robots and other automated systems.

    Do these people really think that a “$12 billion facility” is ordered in a catalog, delivered by FedEx and assembled over the weekend?

    Yes, very clueless.

  2. Too late. One bad report already put an anchor on Apple’s shares while the general market shot up over 500 points in the past couple of days. Apple investors are spooked again. Apple shares are likely to see little positive activity until Oct. 18.

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