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iPad Christmas Sales To Underwhelm, Analyst Says

Apple may not sell as many iPads as expected this Christmas, some analysts have suggested.

Business analysts previously predicted iPad sales to reach around 6 million units during the holiday season. However, Rodman and Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar has said that the iPad, as well as other tablet PCs, will have trouble meeting the sales forecast.

According to the analyst, the actual iPad sales may reach around five million units, one million more than third quarter sales. Analysts have suggested that Apple’s supply chain will be unable to meet the 6 million estimation this season.

Kumar has said that other tablet PC manufacturers, like Dell and Samsung, are experiencing lower than predicted sales on their products.

Despite this, the tablet PC market is still set to grow at a rate of 26 per cent in the near future.

According to a report by Gartner, tablet PCs have not yet won over the majority of consumers but are expected to do so in the future. Sales are expected to reach 19.5 million units by the end and of the year, increasing to 54.8 million by the end of 2011.