Apple will sell 65 million iPads in 2012 - report

40 million will be third-generation iPads

Apple will sell 65 million iPads in 2012, 40 million of which will be the as-yet-unannounced third-generation iPad, according to a report.

Digitimes reports that shipments of 9.7in panels to Apple from its three suppliers - Samsung, LG and Chimei Innolux - would reach 65 million over the course of this year, having totalled 48 million in 2011.

Samsung overtook LG as the largest supplier of panels for Apple's iPad in January, shipping 2.45 million units, up from 1.65 million in December. LG supplied 2.1 million panels to Apple in December, but saw this figure slip to 1.7 million in February, the report states.

Demand for touch panels is expected to reach 16 to 17 million units in the first quarter of 2012, with 7.5 - 8 million orders for iPad 2 panels and 8.5 - 9 million orders for third-generation iPad panels.

Meanwhile, Cnet reports that the third-generation iPad will not be called the iPad 3, as many expect, but the iPad HD, with reference to the increased resolution of the new device's display.

Cnet's source is described as "a developer who's previously provided reliable information with respect to things Apple".

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