John Paczkowski at All Things D reports today on a new projection from Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu, who says that he is â€œcurrently modeling 48 million iPad shipments for calendar 2012.â€ Wu says that this view is based on the recent prediction among industry experts that the iPad 3 will represent a â€œsignificant refreshâ€, with a quad-core processor, Siri voice recognition, improved cameras, a better display, and a longer-lasting battery. Wu adds that such major improvements will help to distinguish the iPad from its only real competition, Amazonâ€™s Kindle Fire. And if youâ€™re thinking that 48 million sounds like a huge number of iPads for Apple to sell in a year, well Wu actually calls his estimate â€œconservativeâ€, adding that it may prove to be too small a figure by the end of the year! And judging by Paczkowskiâ€™s comments on Wuâ€™s predictions, he believes that the iPad 3 will definitely be launched either in February or March.
Source: Estimate: Apple Will Sell 48 Million iPads in 2012 - John Paczkowski - News - AllThingsD