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Demand for iPad 2 Higher than Original iPad

Mike Abramsky, an analyst at RBC Capital, expects that Apple sold over 7 million units of iPad tablets in the past quarter ending March 26.

With that in mind, he also believes that Apple will beat market outlook for its earnings report slated next week. The iPad is not the only product which got strong sales volume, Apple’s MacBook laptops (Pro and Air) also got citation for robust demand.

His research conducted on March is based on a survey results for over 2000 respondents in America. Its outcome reveals 40% higher demand for Apple’s new tablet than its original predecessor last year. 28% said they planned to purchase iPad 2 by responding with a “very likely” “to somewhat likely” answer, according to the survey. Last 2010, it was reported that only 20% replied the same.

RBC iPad Demand Chart

Abramsky breaks down his estimate of 7 million units of iPads as follows: 4 to 5 million original iPad and 2 to 3 million units of iPad 2. Many analysts believe Apple will be able to sell their tablets in a range of 5 to 8 million units.

You can see the chart above from ChangeWave Research to see the 40% higher demand on the new iPad 2.

Were you part of the change in huge desire for Apple’s tablet? Did the camera and slimmer design hook you in?

[research sources: RBC Capital | ChangeWave Research]

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