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Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 03/ 2/2011

Report: Suppliers say Apple to ship 6.5 million iPads in first quarter of 2011

By Hayley Tsukayama

A report from the Taiwanese tech news site Digitimes indicates that Apple is prepared to take orders for up to 6.5 million first- and second-generation iPads in the first quarter of 2011.

The report cites anonymous sources in Apple's Asia supply chain who say the company has already prepared 300,000 to 400,000 units for its initial launch. It also claims that Apple is aiming for a total shipment volume of 40 million iPads in 2011.

"The sources noted that Apple ordered about 1.7-2 million iPads each month in January and February and order volumes, including iPad 2, in March are expected to rise to over two million units," Digitimes wrote. They also indicated that Apple is likely looking to phase out the first iPad in favor of the next generation of the tablet.

Since its launch in April 2010, the iPad has sold more than 15 million units.

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By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 2, 2011; 12:19 PM ET
Categories:  Apple, Gadgets, Tablets  
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