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Apple To Sell Up To 14m iPad 2 Tablets In Q3?

Apple may be on track to sell up to 14.4m tablets in Q3 2011 according to Hong-Kong based research firm CLSA, which based its conclusion on LCD sales data from DisplaySearch.

That figure is between 20 and 44 per cent higher than the expected 10 to 12 million units that most other analysts are predicting.

The firm notes (via BGR (opens in new tab)), ”Keep in mind that AAPL has missed iPad consensus in 2 out of the last 3 quarters, even when supply chain forecasts were higher”.

Apple is producing iPad 2 tablets as fast as the market can take them. Unfortunately adding capacity takes time and Apple needs to build enough stock of the forthcoming iPhone 5 to prevent a massive disruption in the supply chain.

Assuming sales remain constant, Apple could be on the verge of reaching the 50 million iPad milestone. In comparison, Asus, the next most popular tablet brand, is only apparently expecting to sell a mere two million tablets by the end of the year.

Apple is already rumoured to be working on a followup to the iPad 3, which will sport a faster system on chip (no surprise here) but more importantly, a screen that will match the Retina Display of the iPhone 4, meaning that the screen resolution of the iPad could treble by next year.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.