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August 29, 2011

iPad 3 and other future tablet news

1. iPad 3 is rumored to be launched in early 2012. The Apple iPad 3 is expected to feature a high resolution display - 2048 by 1536 compared with 1024 by 768 in the iPad 2 - and Apple's suppliers have already shipped small quantities of components for the sampling of the iPad 3. Suppliers said Apple has placed orders for a 9.7-inch screen device.

2. IHS predicts that 275.3 million tablets will be sold in 2015, up from about 60 million this year. This is substantially up from the 242 million unit estimate IHS issued in February of this year. Apple is expected to account for 74 percent of tablet sales this year (44.2 million iPads)and keep most of the market share through 2013. In 2015, Apple is forecasted to sell more than 120 million tablets and hold a share of 44 percent. If future iPad sales price averaged $600, 120 million tablets could turn into a $72 billion market for Apple. The most recent quarter for Apple had $28 billion in revenue.



3. Amazon.com could easily sell anywhere between 3 million and 5 million Google Android tablets in the fourth quarter, making it far and away the most successful Google Android tablet retailer, according to Forrester Research.

Creative Strategies analyst Tim Bajarin said the Amazon tablet might cost $300 to make, but Amazon would discount it by $51 to entice consumers to buy it. Amazon could make up the difference in movie rentals, music downloads, Kindle book sales, other application purchases and advertising.

This is expected to be a Kindle that is a full-blown tablet computer with a browser, apps, and an OS.

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