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Apple Inc. (AAPL) May See 50% Decline In iPad Sales

Consumer interest in tablet computers and iPads continues to decline as interest in phablet smartphones climbs

Apple’s biggest problem at the moment is the iPad. Revenues for the once-popular tablet continue to decline year after year.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) May See 50% Decline In iPad Sales

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo doesn’t even think a larger iPad would make a difference. In a recent research note, he said he thinks iPad shipments will struggle to reach 45 million units this year, resulting in a 30% decline from last year.

Low expectations for the next Apple tablet

Later this year, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to introduce a 12.9-inch iPad, but it may not make a huge difference in terms of sales. Kuo estimates that the iPad will experience a rough start this year. He predicts a shipment decline by 52.7% in the first quarter to 10.1 million units. In the second quarter, he estimates another drop from 30% to 40% with sales of 7 million to 8 million units.

Kuo’s estimates for 2015 suggest this year will bring the most significant shipment decline in the device’s five-year history.

More iPad Air Pro rumors

The upcoming iPad Air Pro still garners a decent amount of buzz while fans anticipate the tablet’s arrival. A recent report from the Inquisitr suggests the tablet’s features may include four speakers, charging ports in portrait and landscape mode, and a screen size between 12.2 to 12.9 inches diagonally. Another report from GizmoChina states that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will name the larger tablet the iPad Plus and give it more battery capacity. The battery capacity is reported to increase to 11000mAh, making it nearly a 150% increase compared to the iPad Air 2.

Another rumor indicates that the next tablet will run on OS X Yosemite instead of iOS. It could also come with a stylus using completely new technology.

Given Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) preference for October releases, fans will most likely have to wait until the end of the year to get their hands on the larger tablet.