Apple to sell 45 million iPads in 2011

Apple is to sell 45 million iPads in 2011 and launch a smaller version of the tablet, according to Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White.

A source close to White, working with a component supplier for Apple, revealed the comapny plans for the next year, which should see Apple bumping up sales and continuing its dominance of the tablet market. 

The source indicated that the supplier shipped over six million parts to Apple during the third quarter of 2010 and plans to ship a further 7 million in the fourth quarter. It was not revealed how many are planned for next year, but we imagine it will increase if the planned sales figures are to be believed.

This means that Apple will be making 13 million shipments of the iPad during the second half of 2010, but White believes the sales will be more modest, in the region of 9.17 million units.

The source commented that Apple plans to increase sales of the iPad to 45 million units throughout 2011. Again, however, White is less optimistic. He expects sales will be around 21.8 million for next year.

Apple has been tight-lipped about its sales figures, but in June it revealed that it had sold over three million iPads within the first 80 days of its launch, a very successful figure, but well below what it intends to sell over a similar period of time next year.

The source also said that the iPad’s successor will be smaller, around seven inches in size, compared to the 9.7-inch screen of the current model. It is also expected to include a high-resolution Retina display, matching that of the iPhone 4, a micro USB port, camera, and storage up to 128GB, double that of the current iPad.

It was also suggested that this new version may come earlier than many believe. Current speculation points to an early 2011 release, but if this source is to accurate we could find it on the shelves much sooner than that, which may help spur the sales increase Apple is reputedly planning for 2011.