“The traditional tablet may not be dying, but it’s increasingly being relegated to the low end of the market, according to an IDC report released Thursday,” Mark Hachman reports for PCWorld. “Users are migrating toward convertibles instead, and the vendors are following.”

“IDC said worldwide tablet sales fell 14.7 percent to just 39.6 million units during the first quarter of 2016,” Hachman reports. “Excluding some seasonal holiday upticks, tablet sales have generally declined from their all-time high in the fourth quarter of 2013, when worldwide sales reached 78.6 million units.”

“Two trends seem to be emerging, IDC noted: First, premium tablets are evolving into detachables like the… Apple iPad Pro,” Hachman reports. “Detachable sales climbed by triple-digit rates to 4.9 million units, IDC said. Second, the traditional tablet is heading down toward the low end of the market, where Asian smartphone vendors are applying their mobile acumen to this larger form factor.”

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s iPad Pro is not a “detachable” to anyone but the know-nothings inside IDC.

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MacDailyNews Take: Overall, sounds like good news for iPad Pro, but, as always, take whatever IDC says with a dump truck full of salt.

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