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Decline in slate tablets bigger than expected, IDC says

Matt Hamblen | June 6, 2016
But the 9.7-in. iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard is a big hit.

IDC's latest forecast also includes a marked increase in demand for Apple detachable tablets, primarily due to the buyer excitement over the smaller, 9.7-in. iPad Pro (starting at $599) (Amazon price) with Smart Keyboard ($149) that started shipping in the first quarter of 2016.

IDC last week increased its March forecast for 2016 for Apple tablets to a 38% share of all tablets, up from 28% and for 2020 to 29%, up from 7.3%. "The main volumes of the smaller iPad Pro have occurred in the second quarter, and we believe it will spur replacement of the iPad installed base," Bouchard said.

 

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