Apple iPad

Apple iPad

According to a brief report in the Digitimes Samsung will begin shipping 9.7-inch display panels to Apple in July at a rate of 300,000 – 500,000 units per month. The report also notes that LG who is already making iPad displays shipped 800,000 – 900,000 9.7-inch panels in May.

Analyst Kuo Ming-Chi for Digitimes Research predicted that Apple will ship 1.2 million iPads per month with shipments reaching 2.5 million per month by the end of 2010.

The report is in contrast to Forrester Research note delivered to clients earlier in the week which pinpointed the U.S. consumer tablet market to only consists of 3.5 million units in 2010. Apple has already announced sales of over 2 million iPads.

Forrester’s Sarah Rotman Epps is suggesting that between June and December all tablet manufacturers including Apple will only sell 1.5 million units or just 215,000 units a month.