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Apple To Ship 30M iPads, 17M Macs In 2011, Analyst Estimates

Apple is expected to ship 30 million iPad units and 17 million Mac computers this year, according to Needham & Company's analyst Charlie Wolf.

The analyst has revised his predictions after the iPad 2 sold 9 million units in Q3, whereas he had previously predicted the tablet would sell only 7.5 million units, AppleInsider reports.

Despite the plethora of competitors, the iPad 2 is dominating the tablet market thanks to its useful features, the huge number of apps and its ease-of-use, Wolf explained. "[...] the only risk in our forecast is on the supply side, not the demand side", he added.

Apple was expected to ship 3.75 million Macs in Q3, but Wolf now thinks the tech giant could ship 4.25 million units.

On the other hand, iPhone estimations are slightly lower. Apple is expected to ship 16 million iPhone units in Q4, while previous estimations suggested Apple would ship 17.5 million iPhones.

The tech giant is planning to make way for the iPhone 5, and is therefore reducing production of the current iPhone 4, Wolf explained (opens in new tab).

Apple should generate revenue of $23.5 billion in Q3, while the earning for the fiscal year 2011 is expected to be round $103.6 billion, Needham says.

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