Analyst: Apple to Build 5 million iPads in First Half of 2010

With the much-hyped launch of the iPad less than a month away, speculation that Apple had to delay its release due to manufacturing issues is rife– although one industry analyst isn’t willing to toe the line.

According to FBR Capital chip analyst Craig Berger, such talk is nothing but nonsense designed to build hype for the device. In fact, Berger predicts that Apple will go on to manufacture a whopping 5 million units in the first half of the year.

‘We believe various news articles and competitor notes calling for a build delay were just false alarms,’ Berger stated. He went on to claim that any supposed delays could well have been negated by iPhone component manufacturers also supplying the production of iPads.

However, Apple’s new device is still set to be outstripped by its brethren. Berger also stated that he expects 6 million iPhones to be manufactured in the March quarter alone. 9.3 million iPod branded products will also hit the shelves in the same period, according to his predictions.

Nevertheless, his iPhone figure does represent something of a slowdown for the format, as his previous prediction of 7.5 million has been shaved due to what he describes as Apple’s desire to sell units it already has stockpiled.

[Via Barrons]

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