Say goodbye to the original Apple iPad mini; Cupertino's first 7.9-inch slate is no longer for sale

Say goodbye to the original Apple iPad mini; Cupertino's first 7.9-inch slate is no longer for sale
Originally unveiled on October 23rd, 2012 the OG Apple iPad mini is no longer being offered on Apple's online store, and the device has been removed from Apple's website too. To understand why Apple pulled the plug on the device, one needs only to look at the specs of the original iPad mini. The smaller slate featured a 7.9-inch screen with a resolution of 768 x 1024. This worked out to a pixel density of 162ppi, half of the 324ppi available on the Apple iPad mini 2 and Apple iPad mini 3.

As we say goodbye and pay our respects to the OG iPad mini, we can't help but take a look at what has happened in the marketplace since its release. Originally, there was great concern that the 7.9-inch tablet would cannibalize sales of the 9.7-inch Apple iPad. Piper Jaffrey analyst Gene Munster even put a figure on this, predicting that the new mini would reduce sales of the full-sized iPad by 1 million units. But at the time, no one could foresee a 5.5-inch iPhone phablet that could cannibalize sales of the iPad mini.

Those looking for Apple's entry-level mini tablet can now turn to the iPad mini 2, which starts as low as $299 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model. The iPad mini 2 has essentially the same specs as the iPad mini 3, minus Touch ID. Apple is basically valuing its fingerprint scanner at $100 since that is the difference in price between the two remaining iPad mini slates available from the online Apple Store.


source: Engadget

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  • Display 7.9" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 4440 mAh

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26 Comments

1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I have one of these. The IOS updates have made it completely unusable as a device, in a plethora of ways.

4. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

That's what happens when you shrink down a two year old device and sell it as new.

5. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

That's there reason for update so that old ios device's will no longer work flawlessly as they used to. The reason why ip4s is my last iphone.

7. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

In our region ipad mini 1st gen was removed after the ipad mini 3 came in.

6. waddup121 unregistered

Good riddance...

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? I have one for my kid and it has the latest version of 8, and it seems to be workign find. doesnt appear to be slow. I dont use it everyday, but when I do it seems ok. Maybe you should reset it.

24. AlikMalix unregistered

I dont believe the "completely unusable as a device". I'm trying to stay inclined to believe you, but I have even older iPad 3 (32GB) and it is running good throughout iOS7, and running extremely well in iOS8.3. It had issues with apps crashing and UI buttons overlapping, oh and changing backgrounds took like a minute -- but all that was with early iOS8 versions - now its playing all games like RR3, and Sky Gamblers, and Respawnables absolutely fine... Infinity Blade is smooth. It does take a longer time load newer graphical games - but it runs it fine. I edit movies with iMovie all the time, and play around in DJ Traktor. I run Photoshop editing apps, and 53 and pixelmator. (some pens do have a little delay with some drawing apps - but no issues with 53). I have all transitions and animations "ON" and appart from a stagger and jitter here and there - it's running quite good. I had this iPad for years, and I see no reason to upgrade yet... We'll just have to see if iOS9 makes it worse or better.. 8.0-8.2 were bad on the ipad, but 8.3 is better than any version of 7.x.x This is honest truth...

25. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Well the honest truth is that wireless chips they put in are the worst, which kills them. If I am on my iPad and need to go to the internet, I walk over to the next room and get my phone because it will be quicker. What is the point of a device this day and age that has major trouble connecting to the internet? I can't even watch Netflix or Hulu on it anymore. I bought an $80 HP stream 7 which can do the simple tasks this $300 device can't.

26. AlikMalix unregistered

Once again. I watch YouTube and stream from my harddrive. I don't have Hulu, but we do have Netflix and have no issues streaming video from the Internet - movies start almost instantly. Maybe the iPad 3 is built differently - but years after still a great device. My fried has a newer galaxy tab and half the s**t does not even start, s-voice works intermedetly but when it does work it is crap, some apps just crash when trying to launch and the only games that run good are the ones his kids play - nothing graphically imtensive like my older ipad. oh and I didn't mention the battery yet - I played RR3 nearly thru the day without a charge. Otherwise about 5 days on single charge using it normally on ios8.3 (I can't remember how the battery was on ios5,6,and 7 - but nothing to complain about. Seriously compared to my experience - if imagine your iPads were defective or ran over by a truck.

2. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Wow, I almost gave a f***.

16. BobbyBoster

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Why? I cried so hard when I read this article. I love my iPad mini so bad I can't sleep without it by my side.

3. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

They were still selling this POS?

8. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

That's so sad.... RIP iPad mini :(

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's time to beef up the ipad/iphone, they're not powerful enough other than the Air 2. 1 gig ain't the biz anymore.

15. Furbal unregistered

Air 2 is sweet, 6+ was not so sweet. Love my Ipad, the iphone was meh.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's their only tablet and current ios device, that's not obsolete as of ios 9. That's sucks.

18. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 671; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

If Apple goes for DDR 4 ram, one gig will be enough for the iPhone. 6 plus needs an additional gig in any case though.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

2 gig minimum for all ios devices moving forward. These devices need some future proofing, that gives then all the new features.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I am happy they stopped making/selling it. In fact they shoudnt have made it. The huge downsides was at this point all the iPad's had IPS displays with the higher resolutions, and they purposely seem to have made this one with the same resolution as the original iPad. LAME. The next problem was, instead of using the same hardware as the existing iPad, they shove the left over iPhone 5 hardware into it. That left a bad taste in my mouth, because I preferred a smaller iPad vs being forced to buy the 10" model when I never wanted a tablet that big at the time. Amazing what Apple gets away with. If another OEM rushed an did this the same way, they would have been bashed to eternity.

14. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The screen is what killed it for me. I like the 8" form factor. I'm an Android guy, but so many really cool games are only available on iOS, so I was excited to see the iPad Mini. Then I read about the crappy specs and unforgivably low resolution. I disliked Apple before this, but this was the final nail in the coffin for me. If I won an iPad Mini 2 or 3 in a giveaway, I might use it, rather than selling it, but I'd probably sell it and get an nVidia Shield or Tab S Pro 8.4 instead.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The iPad models released in the same year whether 7" or 10" should have the exact same hardware inside...PERIOD. Let people choose which size they want. To release the 10" with newer hardware and use older hardware on the other is IMO evil and disingenuous.

21. gaming64 unregistered

And Apple blew that last year. Making an iPad Mini 2 with Touch ID? C'mon! 2013 was the second best year of the iPads. 2011 was the best!

17. gaming64 unregistered

It was basically an iPad 2 with a 7.9" screen. But it was also a killer tablet.

22. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I have it, iOS 8 has made it a lag city. Unusable.

23. Simona unregistered

it was crap anyway had it and screen was so crappy disgusting now i have ipad mini 2 and that is the different story

27. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

It's removed because Apple knows no one will give it a sh*t anymore.

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