Since the iPad 2’s launch earlier this year, it looks consumer demand for the iOS tablet hasn’t been slowing down at all. Facing shortages earlier this year, and then recovering – Apple isn’t going to let that happen again. The company has been reported to be receiving a shipment of 5 million touch sensors for the iPad 2 this month.

With Apple expected to ship between 12-14 million iPads in Q3 of 2011, analysts are predicting around 40 million units of iPad tablets will be sold in the calendar year. A figure much higher than Samsung hopes to achieve with the Galaxy S II which in turn shows just how popular the iPad is. With Apple intending to sell so many iPad 2 tablets this year, it’s highly unlikely we’ll be seeing an iPad 3 later this year though Apple is always full of surprises.

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