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Budget tablets a rare highlight as broader market shrinks

August 30, 2017


Remember when tablets were the hottest pieces of tech? Those days are long gone.

Tablet shipments declined by 3.4 percent over a year ago in the second quarter, with the lone bright spot a focus on tablets that didn’t completely destroy your wallet, according to IDC.

As a result, Apple was a big winner in the period, thanks largely to the March introduction of a newly refreshed 9.7-inch iPad, which also got a $70 cut in price in the US.

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