Originally Posted by anantksundaram
Do you have any actual evidence to back up the assertion that they've sold
(not shipped) millions?
Is that crickets I hear?
The Kindle Fire alone sold several million units. The Nook also sold several million units. They tend to be low-end, less expensive units and Apple might decide that it's not a market they want to enter, but pretending that the market doesn't exist is just as biased as all the anti-Apple haters here.
While it's true that there are a few examples where someone shipped a ton of units that didn't sell(*cough*Touchpad*cough*), that's actually the exception - and they generally get sold eventually.
Funny, but your links don't support the bolded claim. Samsung has sold a few million tablets, not 20 million.
As for the profits, you are wrong. Look up the profits by various companies. Apple is making the lion's share of profits on tablet sales. Samsung is making a little bit. The rest are either breaking even or losing money.
Do you think HP made money on the TouchPad? Even Amazon with the Kindle Fire didn't make money (yet). Even the most optimistic estimates are that they might possibly have come close to breaking even. They hope to make it up on future sales of media, but the tablet business has not been profitable to date.