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Report: Apple iPad 2 orders declining, price drop could help

Posted at 30 December 2011 13:00 CEST by Justin_Massoud

The iPad 2 has seen no shortage of success since its release this year, selling one million units within its opening weekend and pushing total sales of the Apple’s tablet line to around 40 million. But with the iPad 3 on the horizon, it may soon be time for the Cupertino company to retire the ol’ gal. That time could be sooner than most expect.

Suppliers for the iPad 2 told DigiTimes that orders for the device have dropped in recent weeks, adding that the news doesn’t necessarily mean Apple will ditch the cash cow.

And why should it?

Rough numbers compiled by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster in a single Apple Store on Black Friday saw iPad sales jump nearly 70 percent over last year’s retail holiday. An unverified report from 9to5mac claimed iPad 2 sales this year helped the company’s retail chain beat its sales forecast hours before stores closed.

Another suggestion from the site’s sources was that Apple may drop the price of the iPad 2 in order to better compete with Amazon’s $200 Kindle Fire. The new tablet has garnered massive sales since its November 15 launch, though critics have been far less kind.

Apple has yet to officially announce the iPad 3, though there’s been plenty of speculation on just when the big reveal will come. And an order cutback for the last-gen version, while far from confirmation a next-gen model is coming soon, is worth some consideration.

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There are 4 comments

rexroach
MyCE Member
Posted on: 30 Dec 11 18:25
    If you have paid $250 for a kindle fire you have been ripped off
    Justin_Massoud
    MyCE Senior Member
    Posted on: 30 Dec 11 18:35
      Thanks for pointing out that error. Fixed.
      debro
      Blown to smitherines
      Posted on: 31 Dec 11 02:40
        Quote:
        Originally Posted by rexroach
        If you have paid $250 for a kindle fire you have been ripped off
        Woolworths (Australia) are selling the (original) kindle for $200.
        $Au are approximately parity with the $US.
        zap em
        MyCE Resident
        Posted on: 22 Jan 12 00:59
          JUSTIN
          The main reason the price is dropping on the ipad is because,
          now there are so many tablets to choose from. Some good
          some junk depending on what features you want. Luckily
          most of the apps from the apps store are free.
          ZAP

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