Taiwanese newspaper DigiTimes is reporting that iPad 2 sales have reached 2.4-2.6 million in its first month based on sources at upstream touch panel suppliers in Taiwan. This comes despite supply issues concerning the availability of cover lenses for the Apple tablet’s touch-screen modules following the Japan earthquake last month. The anonymous contact also offered DigiTimes a “conservative” estimate that Apple will deliver as many as 4.3 million tablets a month, 12 million units in total. This news comes within hours of a report by Business Insider stating that analysts at Deutsche Bank have determined that Motorola Mobility has sold only 100,000 Motorola Xoom tablets during its first two months.
Forbes reported yesterday that Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette said that channel checks have found that sell-through trends for both the Xoom tablet as well as the Motorola Atrix smart phone have, “been disappointing.” This is understandable, given the fact that iPad 2 sales on the first day alone topped 300,000, and during its first week sales are estimated at being between 350,000 and 400,000. And while few expected that Google’s first real response to the iPad would match its competition despite the fact that it has for the most part received positive reviews from critics including Skatter Tech, these numbers are unquestionably dismal and do not bode well for the Android 3.0 Honeycomb powered tablet’s future as an iPad rival.
Apple has not released an official statement regarding the iPad 2 sales, although they likely will do so on April 20 when the company has its scheduled Q2 earnings call. Motorola has understandably also remained mum on the subject and as of now has yet to release the official Xoom sales figures.