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