The tablet market continues to shrink worldwide, with the beginning of 2017 marking the 10th straight quarter where shipments declined year over year.
The research firm IDC says that first quarter 2017 shipments were at 36.2 million, down 8.5 percent from the same time last year. First quarter shipments peaked back in 2014, when 50.4 million tablets were sent out globally.
IDC includes both traditional tablets and more powerful devices, like the Surface Pro, in its count of tablet sales — any tablet with a first-party detachable keyboard counts, but convertible laptops with permanently attached keyboards don’t.
“We continue to believe the leading driver for this was the increased dependency on smartphones.”
Apple remains the market…