Updated since 11:29am EST with stock price and Gartner iPad analyst identification.CUPERTINO, Calif. ( TheStreet) -- Analysts are trying to draw a bead on Apple ( AAPL) iPad numbers ahead of the April 3 debut, but the target is still moving. Production problems have been confirmed -- and refuted. Delays have been deemed minor, while others call them nonexistent. All the contradictory speculation points to a building drama ahead of Apple's first new product in three years.
"If the device lives up to its potential, we believe actual unit shipments could approach 7 million in 2010," Marshall added. The upward revision comes a week after Gartner released its first tablet forecast, which called for Apple to sell 4.2 million iPads this year, according to Gartner analyst Angela McIntyre. Apple shares hovered near the 52 week high, up less than 1% at $224.49 in afternoon trading Wednesday. -- Written by Scott Moritz in New York.