Apple iPad To be Christmas Bestseller, Analyst Predicts

Sales in Apple's iPad tablet device will continue strengthen as the Christmas holiday season approaches, analysts have predicted.

According to eWeek, a new analyst report predicts that Apple will sell 45 million iPad units in 2011, despite rivals entering this lucrative segment.

Brian White, an analyst with Ticonderoga Industries, wrote in a research note, which was procured by eWeek: “Our trip to Taiwan and China this week provides further evidence of strong demand for the iPad during H2:2010.”

He also added that the iPad will continue to be one of the most sought after gifts this holiday season.

Apart from the popular consumer demand being enjoyed by the device, Apple is also ramping up its efforts to make the iPad available to a majority of the US population before the holiday season begins.

The company has partnered with Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy to sell the device from their retail outlets and has convinced Verizon Wireless to start selling the device from 28 October.