Upstream component suppliers for non-iPad tablet PCs have been gearing up their preparation of needed parts and components for models to be launched by brand vendors in the third quarter. Shipments of iPads and non-iPad tablet PCs, excluding white-box models, are expected to top 21-22 million units in the third quarter, compared to 13.5-14.5 millions shipped in the second, according to industry source, digitimes reports .
The biggest vendor apart from Apple will be a new company to enter the tablet scene: Amazon. The online retailer giant supposedly has the most positive orders, with demand for touch panels likely to reach 2 million units for the August-September period, and shipments of tablet PCs to Amazon expected to reach 1 million to 1.2 million units (a conservative estimate). Still, this is nothing compared to Apple, which is expected to receive 14 million to 15 million iPads from Foxconn in the third quarter.
The Kindle is the best-selling product on Amazon, and the company likely wants to keep pushing forward with it, but sporting a further reduced price tag