Apple iPad mini could be discontinued


Apple is reportedly planning to discontinue the iPad mini, its 7.9-inch tablet that's been available since 2012. Of course, the tablet is now at its fourth iteration - iPad mini 4 - but this hasn't been properly updated since its original launch in 2015.

According to BGR, a "source close to Apple" mentioned that the iPad mini is being phased out because there's "fierce cannibalism" of Apple's own products, and sales numbers seemingly provide a "very clear" indication of the tablet's recent lack of popularity.

Size-wise, the iPad mini stands between the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus and the 9.7-inch iPad (including the Pro version). Unlike in 2012, 2013, or a large part of 2014, when there were no 5.5-inch iPhones on the market, the iPad mini is now in a rather awkward position, and it looks like consumers are simply less interested in mini tablets (especially when they're not exactly cheap).

Earlier this year, Apple changed its iPad mini 4 offering, so it's currently selling only a 128 GB version of the slate, and you can choose to get it in Wi-Fi-only ($399), or Wi-Fi + LTE ($529) flavors.

For now, there's no word on exactly when Apple will stop selling the iPad mini 4. Also, it's not clear if the company already stopped producing the device or not. But maybe we'll get an official statement on this sometime soon.

source: BGR

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17 Comments

1. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Power and pressure of Microsoft surface is real. Windows on Arm is coming

2. Saioofi

Posts: 342; Member since: May 23, 2014

Apple is discontinuing a 5 year old iPad because of the Microsoft Surface pressure?

3. bucky

Posts: 3783; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Not only that but the MS surface is hardly competing sales wise with the iPads.

14. RoryBreaker

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

LOL!!!

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It's adorable that you think that.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Nice, glad to see less and less people are falling for the overpriced jokes. Sooner or later, they'll put that their cash reserve to innovative R&D and come out with something that's actually worth anything besides the Surface Pro and other 2/3-in-1 Windows PCs. Otherwise, the double digit decline in sales continues...

5. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

People will either buy a phone or buy a full size tablet. I dont understand the purpose of such size of tablet. I have an iPad Mini which i got as a gift and i am hardly using it. My phone is more handy and my laptop is more useful and more practical to watch a movie for example.

15. RoryBreaker

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

It's all about preference. Since I got my LG Gpad X 8.3" I don't use my Samsung Tab S3 nearly as much. I'm able to take the LG with me much easier & have a similar enough experience. I didn't think I would like it, but I actually do.

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Agree. It's about user preference but nowaday fans are the ones that aggressively troll users that don't share their preferences. I hope people would learn subtlety and tolerant.

6. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

The problem with the iPad as well as all other none surface tablets on the market is that they don't have a purpose to exist. Computers have gotten thinner, lighter, more powerful, and have batteries that last much longer than before. This alone has made the existence of tablets questionable for people including me. Then there are the phablets which are slowly becoming the new norm, this caused the tablets sales to decline over years. If tablets can't find a right spot in which they fit, they might seize to exist in the future. Tablets could be used as great educational tool( text book replacement) however no one in the industry seems to be going the extra mile of negotiating and coordinating with schools how to achieve that. Steve jobs wanted that for the iPad. He was negotiating with books publishers such as Person and so on how to achieve that, however he didn't live long enough to achieve. Unfortunately Tim Cook seems neither motivated nor inclined to continue what Steve has started.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

If Apple wants to still continue with the iPad mini line, they need to seriously consider drastically lowering the price without skimping out on what it currently offers, IMO. And by drastic, I mean making the price of the maximum storage size no more than $299. But I severely doubt that Apple will do that.

9. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

The only reason to have this size is as an e-reader. Otherwise 9.7 for home and an iPhone for on the go. They should probably kill the huge iPad pro too. That's way too big.

10. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Just pick up a S2 Tab 8 for media during my lunch breaks. Although not as smooth and more glitchy then the ipads, it fits my needs just fine. Like the SD card and having a file system. Still keeping my Air 2 also. But I can see the small tablets declining with the increase in phone sizes.

11. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

12. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Phones have gotten much bigger, and larger tablets are better for media and productivity. There's also the onslaught of Windows 2 in 1 devices which are more useful overall. Still I feel 8 inch is the best for portability while being larger than a phone, and ideal for touch based gaming, too bad nearly everyone has abandoned the 8 inch form factor.

13. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Doesn't the new ipad start at $329.99? Maybe Apple just needs a lower price for the mini.

16. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Daam man, I love 8 inch tablets. It seems like everyone is closing up shop in the 8 inch realm. Hopefully Google announces an 8 inch Android, Snapdragon 8xx, 3GB ram tablet at IO.

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