iPad sales “double” that of Macs

The Apple iPad is selling almost twice as well as Mac computers, according to new figures.

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RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky claims the tablet is exceeding all expectations in the US, with sales almost reaching iPhone levels.

“Checks indicate that US iPad sales remain strong post-launch, driven by rising consumer visibility to iPad’s user experience, sustained PR/word-of-mouth marketing, 3G iPad launch, and broadening iPad apps/content,” Abramsky wrote in a research note.

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“We believe Apple is now selling >200k iPads/week, greater than US Macs (est. 110k Macs/week) and just below US iPhone 3GS first quart (246k/week).”

Such healthy figures would certainly explain why Apple decided to delay the international launch of the iPad to meet demand in the US. The iPad will go on sale on this country next Friday, although Apple has already been forced to push back delivery dates for customers ordering via its website.

The healthy launch figures have prompted Abramsky to raise his forecast of global iPad sales from five to eight million in 2010.

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