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The tablet market is falling short of forecasts, mostly thanks to smartphones

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In 2011, research firm Gartner predicted that 300 million tablets would be sold annually by 2015. But reality is falling short of that forecast: Research firm IDC estimates that 207 million tablets were sold in 2015. Arik Hesseldahl writes that one of the causes is likely smartphones: Screens on smartphones are growing larger, reducing the need for a tablet. But one market in mobile that IDC sees growing is what it calls “detachables,” or tablets that can attach to a keyboard and mimic a computer.

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