102 Million iPads, 194 Million iPhones To Be Sold Next Year, Predicts Analyst
Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has sold about 100 million iPad tablet computers since the innovative consumer electronics device debuted in March of 2010. This number could be matched in one year alone, according to the insightful forecast of Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley.
Walkley forecasted that Apple could potentially sell 101.6 million iPads in the calendar year 2013, which would give Apple a 58.4 percent share of the tablet computer market. Amazon.com, Inc. (NYSE:AMZN) may finish in second place next year with 10.7 million tablets sold, followed by Samsung Electronics Co. (005930:KS) with about 8.4 million tablets.
The iPhone, on the other hand, may sell 193.9 million units in 2013, which would allow Apple to combine with Samsung (projected 303.6 million units sold next year) to take up more than half of the world’s smartphone market.
Walkley believes that Chinese manufacturer Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (002502:SZ) will finish a distant third with 47.9 million smartphones sold for all of next year.
Walkley also believes that Apple and Samsung had taken up 106 percent of the entire consumer electronics industry’s profits in the September ending quarter of 2012. Using a simple model that involved the operating losses of companies like Research in Motion Ltd. (NASDAQ:RIMM) and Nokia Corp. (NYSE:NOK), Walkley was able to come up with this particularly interesting observation for the recently concluded quarter.