Alright Apple, are you going to update the iPad Mini?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by marc55, Jan 14, 2018.

  1. marc55 macrumors 6502a

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    OK Apple, my wife's iPad Min 4 is having some battery issues, so I'm looking to upgrade to the iPad Min 5, but rumors are floating all over the place to include it might be discontinued?

    I can to an extent understand Apple's silence when it comes to new and updates to their product line; but what I can't understand is why "IF" the rumor mill is true, and they do in fact plan on discontinuing a product, why not just let us know?

    It's the perfect size for her to use as a reader, and surf, email, etc. the larger iPads are just too uncomfortable as a reader.

    I'm going to wait until the next iPad release, and if there's no update to the mini, I'll have to shop around for another hand held size device.
     
  2. JPack macrumors 68020

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    Apple can still milk the product for revenues. There are plenty of existing users stuck or invested in the mini form factor.

    But the pricing and the fact it doesn’t support AR is already Apple’s way of telling consumers not to buy it.
     
  3. Patriks7 macrumors 65816

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    I've been itching to upgrade my Mini 2 for a few months now. I don't see a point in getting the Mini 4 at this point in time. I've been considering the 10.5 Pro, but it feels a bit too big for me. I would jump on a Mini sized Pro in a heartbeat.
     
  4. IPadNParadise macrumors 6502

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    I have had a Mini before and I think there is not that much of a difference in size with the iPad 2017.
     
  5. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    I don’t care about Pencil support and most of the other “pro” features, but my dream iPad right now would be a Mini with shrunken bezels so that they could squeeze in a larger display in the same form factor. I don’t really want to lose the home button though, so they don’t need to go full iPhone X.
     
  6. weckart macrumors 601

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    If some of the rumours concerning this years iPhones are halfway true, the increased size of the screens would make the 7' iPad pretty much moot. RIP baby iPad.
     
  7. mofunk macrumors 68020

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    I would think the iPad Mini is there to compete with the eReaders so it's a given that Apple would keep it. You can target the little people with them and businesses too. There is a market for that size.
     
  8. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    Not a lot of rumors about a new mini. If one were coming, I think we would have heard something, but you never know when we can be surprised.
     
  9. weckart macrumors 601

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    I would exercise caution whenever Apple uses the moniker 'Mini' with any of its products: iPod Mini, Mac Mini, iPad Mini etc. You tend to find yourself waiting, then hoping for updates.
     
  10. Jimbo Limbo macrumors member

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    I also would by a new model of mini sized iPad in a heartbeat. I would prefer pencil support for taking notes on the fly.
     
  11. Atomic77 macrumors regular

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    The mini 2 is still getting updates mine is on the latest 11.2.2. But as to something after the mini 4 I think Apple knows something but does not wanna say or do anything yet.
     
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    Apple knows a lot! Hope there is a new mini for those wanting.
     
  13. DNichter macrumors 603

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    I'd imagine they may give it a processor update, but nothing major. Kind of silly for them to expect people who like the mini to either buy an iPhone Plus or an iPad (9.7 or larger).
     
  14. MistrSynistr macrumors 6502a

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    They will milk this for a few years and then give it some craptastic incremental upgrade.
     
  15. sracer macrumors 604

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    I still believe that there is a possibility of an updated Mini. I've been referring to it as the "Mini Plus"... an iPad Mini with an updated processor and added support for the Apple Pencil. I'd buy that in a heartbeat. Given Apple's track record for NOT producing the products that would suit my wants, that pretty much guarantees that the Mini will suffer the same fate as the iPod Touch... sold but not promoted. Stable but not discontinued.
     
  16. Greenmeenie macrumors 6502

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    I currently own an ipad mini 2. It has a cracked screen & the home button is broken, but i still use my ipad mini 2 everyday. I love the form factor. Bigger and more usable than the largest iphone but so much more portable than the larger ipads. It really is the perfect ipad size. I don't just surf the web on it. I use it for content creation too. I'm an artist and I edit photos & videos on it. I write my travel blog on it. I sketch on it using a 3rd party stylus. I really want to upgrade to a new mini. But the 4 is already 2 1/2 yrs old, so i am waiting on word from Apple. If they don't update the mini this year, i think the rumors about them discontinuing it, sadly may be true.

    I will wait until WWDC, but if no new mini is announced, i will nab one of the new 10.5" iPad pros. Rumor has it the next ipad pros will get a radical redesign. I would love an ipad mini pro. Then i could chuck my 3rd party stylus and get the Apple pencil. But maybe thats wishful thinking. Either way, i will be upgrading after the next ipads are released. I only hope my ipad mini 2 survives that long!
     
  17. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    I have an iPhone 8 Plus and I would still like a new Mini. I don't understand how people say that a 5.5" 16:9 phone allows for the same experience and functionality as a 7.9" 4:3 tablet. As someone who uses both daily, I feel that there's a notable difference between a large phone and a small tablet.
     
  18. DNichter macrumors 603

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    Yea I agree. I think it likely just comes down to revenue for them. I suppose the mini wasn't all that popular.
     
  19. deferredAnon macrumors 6502

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    Mini is the perfect size for tablets without an attached/attachable keyboard.
     
  20. RecentlyConverted macrumors 6502

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    Yes, but devices can be more than just a stand alone income stream. My first iOS product was the iPad mini. I really liked that, which led to iPhone 5, iPad 4th, iPhone 6 +, iPhone 6s +, 4 iPod touch 4th, 2 iPod touch 6th, various ATV3´s, ATV4, iMac 27" 2012, 2013,Apple Monitors, Watches, TimeCapsules, Extremes, Trackpads, PSUs, Cables, Dongles etc. Boy that iPad mini cost me some money!
     
  21. DNichter macrumors 603

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    Absolutely, I totally agree with you, just not up to me or you unfortunately. I never owned a mini myself, but I always enjoyed the size when I used one.
     
  22. mtneer macrumors 68030

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    While the Mini has its fans, I think Apple fears that somehow it will threaten its other cash cow iPads and will give it the step motherly treatment it has been dishing out to the other "mini" in its lineup. If the Mini 4 ever gets an update, expect it to be crippled with a year or two older processor out of the gate.
     
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    At least an A9 or A10 would be better than the current A8. A8 is very limited with the new features on iOS 11, no arkit/hevc hw decode etc
     
  25. mtneer macrumors 68030

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    Wouldn't we be in the same situation in a year or two time with the A9/A10 as to where were are with the A8 today? After all, the A8 was the state of the art in its day.
     

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