Thanks to the popularity of large-screened phablets, tablet sales have been dropping. Even the product that created the category has not been immune. Want to take a shot at guessing which of Apple's tablets was its best selling slate in the U.S. during the fourth quarter? According to a survey that was completed by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), the Apple iPad Air 2
was the individual iPad that sold the most during the quarter. But the two iPad Air models together combined for 40% of sales, short of the 47% captured by the Apple iPad mini series from October through December. That was up 47% from the 32% of sales that the 7.9-inch slab scored in 2014's last quarter.
As it turns out, the Apple iPad mini 2
, originally released in 2013, was the best selling of the iPad mini line with the Apple iPad mini 4
(the latest model) in second place. The brand new 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro
accounted for 12% of iPad sales over the three month period. Considering how pricey this tablet is (the device starts at $799) Apple should be pleased to see this particular unit account for such a large slice of iPad sales.
The survey was given to 500 shoppers who purchased Apple products from October through December.
The iPad mini was Apple's best selling tablet line during the fourth quarter of 2015