iPad (2017)

Low-cost iPad boosts tablet shipments

iPad Sales

It's no secret that overall tablet sales have been on a steady decline, and even the mighty iPad hasn't been immune to the slump. The iPad over the past few years has been designated to a mere footnote in Apple's quarterly reports, until this week when the iPhone-maker reported a 15% year-on-year increase in tablet sales.

Apple on Tuesday reported accelerating growth in its latest quarter results, including a 7 percent year-over-year increase in revenue at $45.4b. This resulted in $8.72 profit for the quarter from 41m iPhones, 11.4m iPads, and 4.29m Macs sold. Apple only moved 9.9 million iPads in the same quarter last year.

Teardown reveals new iPad is a recycled tablet with 2GB of RAM

iPad 2017 Teardown

The team at iFixit today has released their teardown on Apple's newest iPad, or the "iPad 5" as they are calling it. The report reveals what we already knew -- the 9.7-inch tablet is built from recycled hardware. Some Apple fans had hoped that the new iPad might ship with 3 gigabytes of RAM, like the iPhone 7, but iFixit has discovered its A9 chip is instead outfitted with 2 gigabytes, just like the iPhone 6s models.

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