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Experts predict strong sales for Apple’s iPad during festive season

Apple is predicted to sell high in spite of the economic slowdown - although problems in its supply chain might hurt sales.

It’s true, the iPad sure was a runaway success just after it was launched, but then again, the competition in the tablet arena is heating up and products from multiple brands are flooding the market. Industry majors like Samsung, Research In Motion (RIM) and Hewlett-Packard are already in or are ready to make a plunge in the market with their tablets based on the Android, WebOS and BlackBerry OS-es. Despite the world economy looking gloomy, the Cupertino-based company still managed to cause technology freaks to loosen their purse strings with its iPads and the MacBooks stealing the show all throughout the year 2010, and now analysts predict a similar trend for Apple as this festive season marks a closure to the year. From its launch 8 months ago till date, the iPad has enjoyed massive popularity and now research firm Strategy Analytics is estimating an optimistic 95.5 per cent share for the device.

According to Brian White, an analyst with Ticonderoga Securities, in a research note written on November 29th, the market will see a surge in demand for Apple products in spite of competition during Black Friday and the holiday season at large. However, the only dampener to Apple’s sales success could be loopholes in the supply chain, as predicted by Rodman & Renshaw, due to which sales might not reach the estimated figures. Also, on the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is riding on huge waves of success, with its sales figures going as high as above 600,000 units in a month.

Experts say that these huge sales for tablet PCs won’t affect netbook sales or vice-versa, and more and more manufacturers are jumping into the tablet PC market to grab some share of the market ruled by the Steve Jobs company. But then again, Apple would be a tough one to knock down this holiday season with an impressive portfolio of its computer products, especially the iPad. So if you are looking for a gadget to gift to your loved ones this Christmas it could well is something from Apple’s basket.

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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2010-12- 1 (Update: 2012-05-26)