200 Million iPads
About a month ago, I mentioned in a meeting at work (and later tweeted) that I believed Apple would sell about 200 million iPads by the end of 2012. Brief awkward silence. Then I was asked to send out the details of how I’d arrived at that number.
Honestly, at that point, I’d just eyeballed the sales trends. As I opened up a spreadsheet, I really hoped my estimate would hold up. :)
- Apr to Jun 2010: 3.27 million
- Jul to Sep 2010: 4.19 million
- Oct to Dec 2010: 7.33 million
- Jan to Mar 2011: 4.69 million
- Apr to Jun 2011: 9.25 million
At this point, we only have one year-over-year growth number for comparison. That’s fairly weak evidence on which to predict the future. But this is just for fun and games, right?
Assuming that the growth rate remains consistent, here is what iPad sales will look like:
- Jul to Sep 2011: 11.8 million (actual result was 11.1 million)
- Oct to Dec 2011: 20.7 million (actual result was 15.4 million)
- Jan to Mar 2012: 13.2 million
- Apr to Jun 2012: 26.1 million
- Jul to Sep 2012: 33.3 million
- Oct to Dec 2012: 58.4 million
192 million iPads by the end of 2012. Apple is selling every iPad they can make so these numbers may be limited by Apple’s ability to meet demand.
Put another way, here are the yearly totals:
- 2010: 14.8 million
- 2011: 46.4 million (actual result was 40.1 million)
- 2012: 131.0 million
Apple will report their next financial results in mid-October. Then we’ll have two data points.
Disclosure: I now own some AAPL stock.