Apple's iPad 2 target for the second quarter of 2011 include the shipment of up to 12 million units, that's four time the amount of second generation iPad expected to be shipped by the end of the month, together with an equal amount of the original iPad.
According to Digitimes, component manufacturers have confirmed that the old iPad will be phased out rather than sold concurrently with the iPad 2.
This would mean that Apple is still looking to hit is rather optimist target of shipping a whopping 40 million iPad in 2011 altogether.
Digitimes source say that shipments of iPad 2 are likely to hit around 24 million units in the second half of the year or roughly four million per month on average, that's more than the combined total for the first three months of 2011.
Many other analysts however estimate that Apple will sell less than those 40 million units, with a more conservative 30 million being quoted; a figure which will depend on the growing number of tablets joining the rows of iPad competitors.
Apple declared 2011 to be the year of the iPad 2 in last week's announcement and the new iPad 2, with its new Apple A5 processor, a gyroscope, a thinner and lighter enclosure, two cameras and a much faster graphics subsystem, is likely to set the standard again.