Apple has 'no further plan' for iPad mini family, iPad Pro upgrades definitely coming this fall

Apple has 'no further plan' for iPad mini family, iPad Pro upgrades definitely coming this fall
After focusing entirely on software announcements at the 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference back in June, and unveiling just one new iPad a few months before, Apple is undoubtedly preparing for a jam-packed hardware launch event in a few weeks’ time.

According to “industry sources” updating their predictions for Digitimes today, those three oft-rumored next-gen iPhones will be joined by two refreshed iPad Pros, an “entry-level MacBook series”, and that long overdue AirPower wireless charger.

No words on an Apple Watch Series 4, which is definitely odd, and nothing about a sixth-generation Apple TV streaming device either, which isn’t exactly surprising considering how good and feature-packed last year’s 4K-capable model already is.

Meanwhile, those holding out hope for an iPad mini upgrade will surely be disappointed to hear Apple apparently has “no further plan” for the diminutive tablet family. On the bright side, the 2015-released 7.9-incher is likely to stick around even after new 12.9 and 11-inch iPad Pros are rolled out this fall. The latter model is expected to replace the current 10.5-inch edition, possibly reducing screen bezels enough so as to not grow in overall size.

Insiders also say these two new iPad Pro variants will come with USB Type-C ports for a “faster charging experience” delivered in cooperation with a “newly-designed 18W power adapter.” That sounds... unlikely, but who can know what Apple has in mind when it comes to charging technology, ports, and connectors?

Speaking of chargers, the AirPower is now rumored to cost anywhere between $160 and $195, definitely launching by the end of the year, while the new iPhone trio is reiterated as including 5.8 and 6.5-inch OLED models, as well as a 6.1-inch LCD version.

Finally, those who still care about notebook computers might be happy to hear a 13-inch “inexpensive” MacBook is purportedly coming at a starting price of around $1,200, with Intel Kaby Lake inside.

source: Digitimes

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14 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

SE and Mini series were the most interesting products Apple has released in recent years, it's a shame they kill their niche but beloved products

7. libra89

Posts: 2280; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I totally agree.

8. libra89

Posts: 2280; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Double post

11. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Apple kill iPad mini in order to sell the bigger iPad due to the higher demand of iPad mini same goes to SE.

2. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

All they need to do is put a A10 chip in the mini and if they go a step further, add in pencil support, that's it! But anyway, there are a few Android tablets that use the same 4:3 Retina screen from the Mini and a slightly better processor. The Teclast M89 and the Alfawise Tab are my goto iPad mini replacements. I might skip the iPhones this year, not feeling them anymore, I'm sure they will be killer hut I'll probably keep my Redmi Note 5 for a few more months. But that 10-11 inch Bezeless Pro is gonna be one hell of a beast. Seriously cannot wait. Come on Apple!!!

12. deleon629

Posts: 461; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Adding A pencil functionality light be the reason they're killing the line anyway. Look what they did to the iPad Pro 9.7: Created a total "What if?" spin-off of the iPad Air, then destroyed it, and basically used its components to make the education/enterprise iPad.

3. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Smartphone keep getting bigger these days, so no surprising that Apple won't continue the iPad mini series. I wonder if they'll remove fingerprint scanner like they do with the iPhone x? Personally i'm not happy with my iPad pro fingerprint scanner, fingerprint on my 3T is not only faster it's so reliable.

4. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

If I am not mistaken iPad Pro uses only 1. gen TouchID, that's why it's slow and not accurate as competition. Even my Meizu Pro 5 had faster fingerprint sensor compared to iPad Pro 12.9 - newer phones, not even a challenge.

6. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Mine was 10.5' model, it's not that slow but clearly my 3T is instantaneous in comparison. My biggest problem is how often it failed to identify me and i ended up using passcode after many failed attempt & that's time wasting...

5. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

18W power adapter seems more likely in the new iPad pro than the new iPhones. I just hope people wont be disappointed too much when they dont get fast chargers with new iPhones. I know I will :(

9. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2186; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Apple should keep the iPad Mini for kids and portability. If Apple can increase the screen size, while shrinking bezels they can do this for iPad. iPad Mini 7.9" to 9" iPad Pro 10.5" to 11" iPad Pro 12.9" to 14" This makes all the sense in the world rather than go 11" and 12.9" and keep the budget minded 9.7" Rather than a $329 price point, they can start out at $499 and people will still buy it as the entry level over the 9.7" iPad. The should go iPad (Mini) Pro 9", iPad Pro 11" and iPad Pro 14"

10. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Unfortunately mini tablets are basically dead except for a few budget options hanging around.

14. deleon629

Posts: 461; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

I think the lte models still have a chance, though. They're still a hit amongst grandparents lol

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