Apple Inc. (AAPL) is in the midst of a massive sales decline, but the latest figures show that the tablet market is on a steady upward trend.
The decline in iPad sales has been well documented and has led to concerns about Apple’s future as the iPad’s market share has grown in recent years.
The company’s latest quarterly results for the third-quarter show that iPad sales were down 13% year-over-year to a total of 8.5 million units.
That is down from the 11.5% decline the company reported in the second quarter of 2015.
The third-year figures are also down from Apple’s year-earlier 2016 numbers.
Apple said in a release that the iPad numbers reflect “an evolving user base,” and noted that the decline in sales was primarily due to a number of factors.
The company expects the tablet’s share of the market to grow in 2018 and 2019, but noted that its sales were still declining.
Apple’s quarterly results were announced on Wednesday.