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.