There have been hints of heavy iPad demand, ranging from out-of-stock reports and Apple’s own admission of trouble keeping up, but now comes some hard numbers: the iPad is outselling the Mac by nearly two-to-one. The Cupertino, Calif. company is selling more than 200,000 iPads per week in the U.S. while selling about 110,000 Macs per week nationally, an analyst said Thursday. The iPad is selling almost as fast as the iPhone 3GS during its first three months.
“Checks indicate that U.S. iPad sales remain strong post-launch, driven by rising consumer visibility to iPad’s user experience, sustained PR/word-of-mouth marketing, 3G iPad launch, and broadening iPad apps/content,” RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky told clients this morning.
“We believe Apple is now selling >200k iPads/week, greater than US Macs (est. 110k Macs/week) and just below US iPhone 3GS first quart (246k/week),” Abramsky adds.
The report comes on the heals of another analyst’s projection that the Cupertino, Calif. company will have a 20 percent increase in quarterly Mac sales boosted by the released of a refreshed line of MacBook Pros. Apple reported selling 8.94 million Macs during its previous quarter.
Abramsky also pushed his worldwide iPad sales expectations for 2010 to 8 million, up from a previous 5 million sales projection. Abramsky’s projection is the most bullish so far. Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty expects more than 6 million iPads will sell this year, while Bernstein’s Toni Sacconaghi expects 5 million iPads will sell its first year. Earlier this month, Shaw Wu of Kaufman Bros. projected Apple will sell 2 million iPads for the June quarter.
[via All Things Digital]