Two Thirds Of iPad 2 At Launch To Be 3G

62 per cent of Apple iPad devices are likely to feature some sort of 3G technology according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities.

Briefing AppleInsider, Kuo - who gets its primary data from overseas manufacturers - says that 46 per cent of iPad 2 at launch will have GSM connectivity while 16 per cent will have CDMA instead.

A not-so-insignificant 38 per cent will run on Wi-Fi only; in total, an estimated five million iPad devices are expected to be ready at launch.

The fact that the majority of iPad are 3G is a sign that Apple will want to forge stronger relationships with mobile phone operators, a deal that not only means better exposure but also the ability to block rivals when it comes to shelf space and flog those expensive 3G models.

The ASP for the iPad family hovered at around $600 in the last quarter of 2010 which means that people have been buying more of the 16GB or 32GB Wi-Fi only models.

However, there are reports that sales of 3G iPad are now bigger than the non-3G models, partly because Apple now goes through mobile phone operators who often choose to subsidise the device.