iPad Struggles Against Competitors

shutterstock_181599737Apple’s grip on the tablet market might be slipping.

Figures from a new report suggest that despite adding 60 million new devices to the market–including 16 million iPads–Apple’s tablet business grew only 13% last year. That’s in sharp contrast to the combined 79% growth among its competitors.

Balancing the picture, though, is what looks like a steady rise in Apple’s ebook sales, a business that continues to shrink for Barnes & Noble.

Much more.

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