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Tablet Sales Decline Again, Cellular Slates Increase


News by Luke Jones on Friday May 15, 2015.

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Apple's iPad sales have been tumbling for many quarters, but the company's CEO Tim Cook has said he is not worried as they knew this would happen. He said consumer cycles for tablets are different than smartphones, and also said the iPad would recover. Apple would be a lot more worried if other tablets were increasing sales, but they are not, with slate sales in the United States continuing to decline.

Tablet sales in the U.S. market have also been on the wane for a couple of year, but interestingly the number of people buying cellular connected slates from carriers has increased. Tablet sales fell by as much as 7% in the United States during the first quarter of 2015 from 13.8 million last year to 13.4 million in 2015 according to Strategy Analytics. IDC however says the number is 8.9 million units, down from 9.6 million during Q1 of 2014.

Contrasting numbers maybe, but both show that sales are slipping. As for cellular connected tablets, the grew from 2.2 million last year to 3.2 million this year, and increase of 45%, while the four major carriers in the U.S. (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) all showed increased revenue from postpaid tablets in their Q1 financials.

 
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