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Rumor: Apple to drop iPad mini line and replace it with the iPad Pro

Rumor: Apple to drop iPad mini line and replace it with the iPad Pro
A new report cites the Taiwanese supply chain for an interesting, but highly speculative story. The report says that Apple is going to discontinue producing its 7.9 inch Apple iPad mini series. Replacing the latter model would be the large-screened Apple iPad Pro, which supposedly will feature a 12.2 inch screen.

Apple last month introduced the third tablet in the iPad mini line, and it is possible that the new 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6 Plus is expected to cannibalize sales of the the smaller slate. Additionally, sales of the iPad mini are said to be sliding, although Apple didn't break out sales of the line specifically, with its recent fiscal fourth quarter report. For that quarter, Apple's total iPad sales declined to 12.3 million from 14.1 million the prior year.

Obviously this is a speculative report that you should take with a grain of salt. But there are some things about it that do make sense. Apple could be looking for a large-screened slate to go up against the 12-inch Microsoft Surface Pro 3. And with the larger screens on the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus, it seems like the new focus at Apple is to go bigger.

Thanks for the tip!

source: UDN.com (translated) via GforGames

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posted on 03 Nov 2014, 09:09 1

1. Iodine (Posts: 1285; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Apple is known to hold very narrow product lines.

But iPad mini has been a huge sucess. Maybe not because of Price and great formfactor. Formfactor adventage had fallen behind with introduction of iPad Air and price also went up.
Air is selling more than mini, but mini is still very popular.

My point is that if Apple would want to discontinue it, they would't even added touch ID or dropped the price of the mini line.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 09:16 3

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The 6+ is probably cannibalizing sales of the mini. Although if Apple had upgraded the SoC and RAM for the 2014 edition mini, they wouldn't have had as much cannibalization occurring. Then, the mini probably would have cannibalized Air 2 sales.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 12:20 1

14. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 522; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


I dont think they will stop selling mini. Even if it isnt making apple large profits. Because apple need something to combat the 7"-8" android tablets or they risk losing market share, that was one of the main reasons why the mini got released in the first place - to take market share from smaller android tablets.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 13:17

25. graig (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


People who buy a phablet probably weren't going to buy a tablet anyways. I have an iPhone 6. And I just got the iPad mini 3. Liking it more than my old iPad air. Better for reading, holdable with 1 hand. Touch ID. And I can still use it to draw with. It's really not much smaller than the iPad air. But it's way easier to hold due to the light weight. And it's easier to type with 2 thumbs because the screen is a tad bit smaller. I don't think I will ever go back to the iPad air. It's just too heavy.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 12:37 1

16. vincelongman (Posts: 3991; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I think Apple are going to make a Surface Pro 4 or 5 competitor
With a touch friendly version of the next version of Max OS X
Maybe they should drop the Mini, decrease the iPad to 9", and introduce a 12" 3:2 iPad Pro

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 23:12

20. emoemeka (Posts: 20; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


Why would they make a competitor for a device that they outsell 20 to 1!

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 23:18 2

21. vincelongman (Posts: 3991; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Well Nokia probably out sold the original iPhone 20 to 1 in 2007
Look where Nokia are today!

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 03:20

23. iushnt (Posts: 1484; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Couldn't explain it in a more better way

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 09:14 1

2. CreeDiddy (Posts: 603; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


I would like to see Apple make a 6.5" iPhone if they are going to discontinue the iPad Mini line up. I would like to see the iPad air go bezel to bezel, while slimmer profile. I don't mind the iPad Pro. It must have MacOSX.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 09:27

5. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 235; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


6.5" iPhone? They resisted going 4", then resisted going bigger than that. I don't see Apple going any bigger than the 5.5" for the 6+.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 12:32

15. GrosseFatigue (Posts: 138; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


They don't need 6.5". They could fit a 6" screen in there and that's enough for a cell. After that it becomes ridiculous.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 09:22

4. sinple (Posts: 130; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


They will probably claim that the ipad mini does not sell even though apple did not update the internals of ipad mini, just like how they stopped updating ipod touch

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 09:40 5

6. Armchair_Commentator (Posts: 222; Member since: 08 May 2014)


that sucks, the only iPad I was even considering was the mini

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 10:31 5

7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


What in the god's world did they think of such a suicidal decision?
There's like zero market for larger than 10" tablets. iPad mini was already eating full iPad's sales despite inferior specs.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 10:35

8. ryq24 (Posts: 681; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


iPad mini has so many competitors and the profit margin is very small to Apple standard. A 12" iPad would have few competitors, a bigger profit margin which in turn means a scandalous selling price

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 11:58

10. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Few competitors doesn't mean anything, I bet a well packaged (properly powered, no major compromises, good price by apple standards) iPad mini will outsell both the 9.7 and 12.2 iPads.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 11:22

9. defcon888 (Posts: 34; Member since: 03 Nov 2014)


What apple needs to do is give the capability to the customers to shrink the homescreen down and put more information on the homescreen. On my android, I can make 4 x4, 5 x5 etc. Also, add an SD slot for gosh sakes!

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 20:47

28. jwalls5096 (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Nov 2014)


apple doesnt want you to buy the 16gb version and put a 64 or 128gb sd card in it... they build nice hardware but they are very greedy and are control freaks (i.e. must use iTunes to transfer media, instead of drag and drop)

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 11:59

11. MrMojo (Posts: 20; Member since: 10 Jul 2009)


The cannibalization that "may" occur would be for Apple iPhone owners who bought the iPhone6+ as they'll think that the screen is large enough that they won't consider buying the iPad Mini as a tablet.

Otherwise, the iPad Mini is still a decent small screen alternative to a comparable small Android tablet.

IF Apple pulls the iPad Mini, it's probably to cut down costs and to make people buy the iPhone6+ if they want a phablet as the screen size is decent enough to use as a tablet in addition to a phone. The iPhone is Apple's cash cow so they want people to buy it especially if the iPad Mini isn't selling that well compared to their other iPad models.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 12:16 2

12. ThePython (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 May 2013)


...what? There's nothing really wrong with the iPad Mini... Sure the 3rd generation is overpriced and pointless, but aside from that, the iPad Mini 2 is a great tablet. I don't see why they would discontinue a popular line to jump in the risky hybrid market.

posted on 22 Nov 2014, 16:52

34. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Its better than ever for $299.

It smokes the Nexus 9 in daily use and app selection for $100 less. And every game in the App store will run on it: unlike the Nexus 9 which closes many apps with its non-standard processor.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 12:17

13. scarface21173 (Posts: 119; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


12 inch tablets don't sell that well, its not something you want to carry around with you. They are just to big as Samsung found out with theres.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 16:06

17. danchoi704 (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Apr 2008)


I hope it it's just rumors.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 19:56

18. toast (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Nov 2014)


The ipad mini will take the place of what the ipod use to be. Buy for kids, teenagers, that don't need a phone. I don't see it going away anytime soon.

posted on 03 Nov 2014, 22:33

19. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


I own an iPad mini and its size is very good. This decision by Apple is unwelcomed. making them just big everything is pathetic. Apple wants to be Samsung in Tablets.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 00:30

22. Andwipple (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Oct 2014)


By removing iPad mini, iPhone 6 plus can be more lucrative with higher price.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:41

24. janis (Posts: 256; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


i got iphone 5s and latest macbook pro 13", got them for free.
i will never understand this apple policy PRO, pro stands for professional use or semething, my macbook pro cant even handle bigger raw pictures in LR or photoshop, thats not just opinion its real life experience.. so how will this tablet be better, more pro than other these ipads with 2000`s specs? slimmer lighter, does not help in productivity,. see i had macbook pro 15" latest one, mid specs, no dedicated gpu, even this PRO could not handle productivity, i sold it i get brand ned msi ghost, i should do some benchmarking, but i am to lazy, i prefer real life testing, photoshop illustrator.. so some apple fanboy please explain me what this word PRO stands for.

posted on 22 Nov 2014, 16:50

33. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


I don't know what the hell is wrong with your MacBook Pro.

Should probably go to the genius bar son since you don't either because the Macbook Pro easily handles Photoshop.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 13:18

26. graig (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


No matter how cool you think the iPhone 6 plus is. You can forget about it being a replacement for an iPad. NONE of the cool drawing apps work on the iPhone at this time. Pixelmator or procreate.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 20:42

27. jwalls5096 (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Nov 2014)


the ipad pro would be a bigger seller if i would run OS-X with an intel CPU , instead of iOS and ARM... then it could compete with the Surface Pro in the realm of actually being a full fledged touch screen comp/tablet

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 11:06

29. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1514; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


HA HA HA that is crazy I am a Windows tablet fan and would buy a Apple Mini just to use some of the great apps that are in the Apple apps eco system. Apple is a "Rich $" company and can afford to have 3 Apple Ipads The Apple "Mini" , Standard 4 x 3 9.7 inch screen Ipad and the brand "New" 12 plus inch Ipad "Pro". hmm come to think of it I might go to ebay and buy a used Ipad standard sized model to check out Apple apps.

posted on 12 Nov 2014, 19:58

30. Ambivalent (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


Your view of the use of an iPad is too limited. If Apple updates their pads to be able to work together like the S5 and Tab S, then consumers would have a great competition going on for fully functional, complementary devices. The use for the phone/pad combination would be remarkable with no gaps in low end tasks; low end tasks include split screen multitasking and be able to create and edit MS Office documents.

The smart bet, for the future, is to create two different device combinations. The phone/pad or the phone/computer. Have the pads/tabs constantly challenge the computers rather than try to create a small gap in the phone/pads. It is really the only logical technical path.

posted on 22 Nov 2014, 16:45

32. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Continuity?

Look it up.

Apple devices work together better than any other OS. I use it every day between my iPhone, iPad (one click hotspot) and MacBook.

posted on 22 Nov 2014, 16:42

31. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Honestly a MacBook Air is a better purchase at the price point Apple will be aiming for with the iPad Pro.

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