BrotherSoft – Apple is expected to ship 30 million iPad units 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.
“While competitors have rushed to launch competing tablets, they have made an imperceptible dent in the trajectory of iPad sales,” Wolf wrote in a note to investors. “They have been unable to undercut the price of the iPad; and they’re fallen woefully short in matching its features, ease-of-use and the number of applications written for the device.
Wolf has also increased his third quarter Mac shipment estimate to 4.25 million units, up from the previous prediction of 3.75 million. With another 4.9 million Macs in the fourth quarter, he sees shipments for Apple’s fiscal 2011 reaching 17 million.