man hand holding Apple IPad Mini and IPhone 6International Data Corporation (IDC) reports overall tablet shipments continued to decline for the second consecutive year during 2016.

IDC indicates 52.9 million tablets shipped during Q4 of 2016, a 20.1 percent decrease from Q4 2015. Aside from Q4, 174.8 million tablets shipped during 2016, a 15.6 decrease from shipments during 2015.

Decreasing tablet shipments could be a reflection of growing device lifecycles, and consumers’ decreasing desire to update devices annually. As users choose to update devices less frequently, tablet shipments will continue to fall.