Apple Rumored to Discontinue iPad Mini

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Waiting for an iPad mini 5? You may be disappointed. BGR, citing a source close to Apple, claims the 7.9-inch tablet is being phased out. The report doesn't offer a timeline as to when the iPad mini will be discontinued, and its sources couldn't confirm if the iPad mini 4 will remain on sale for a period of time.


    Apple is rumored to introduce a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro as early as the WWDC 2017 keynote on June 5, so it's conceivable to think the iPad mini could be axed then if the report is accurate. Apple's tablet lineup would then consist of the iPad Pro in 12.9-inch, 10.5-inch, and 9.7-inch sizes, and the new low-cost 9.7-inch iPad.

    Apple launched the original iPad mini in 2012. Since the iPhone 6 Plus launched in 2014, it's been speculated that the 5.5-inch smartphone may be at least partially cannibalizing sales of the iPad mini, but Apple doesn't break out its tablet sales numbers on a model-by-model basis, so it's hard to say for sure.

    Nearly two months ago, Apple discontinued the iPad mini 2 and stopped selling a 32GB version of the iPad mini 4. It also lowered the starting price of the 128GB iPad mini 4 to $399, which was previously the 32GB model's price point.

    Japanese blog Mac Otakara claimed Apple would release a 7.9-inch iPad Pro in March with a Smart Connector, True Tone display, four speakers and microphones, a 12-megapixel rear camera with True Tone flash, and an improved processor, but it's already May and the rumor has yet to materialize.

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  2. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    Was hoping for a mini 5 but I expected this day would come, the 10.5 will be my next iPad it looks like.
  3. techwhiz macrumors 6502a

    Feb 22, 2010
    Northern Ca.
    I love that form factor.
    I won't be buying another iPad.
    I'll pick up one of the last mini's and hang on to it.

    iPad air is too big.
  4. stiligFox macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2009
  5. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Oh boy.. going to be some unhappy fans of the mini form factor.

    I think it'll be sad to see it go (if it does). I still find it a near perfect size for book reading.
  6. jdillings macrumors 68000

    Jun 21, 2015
    BGR is not a credible source. They are a clickbait website.
  7. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    It would be Cannibalization.

    We have a $329 iPad now, how to continue with Minis? How much could Apple charge for a new mini with that larger iPad priced at what it is?

    And we have a rumored larger iPhone coming so .....
  8. Red Oak macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2011
    The 10.5 Pro will likely replace the 9.7". I can't imagine Apple keeps it in the lineup

    Good news here is Apple is dramatically simplifying the product lineup
  9. Zarniwoop macrumors 65816

    Aug 12, 2009
    West coast, Finland
    What a shame. Our four years old original iPad mini is about to end its service... and now there wont be future for the form factor, so I don't know what to do. Android/google is not an option. I wont let them spy on me and sell my soul to advertisers... so we're quite out of options.
  10. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    It would be ironic if the iPod Touch outlived the Mini :).
  11. rhett7660 macrumors G5


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    Crap, I hope not. Like others have mentioned, I really like this form factor and so does the wife. For us it is just the right size. We actually sold our large form versions and purchased two of the mini's.
  12. v1597psh macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2014
    5.5 inch iPhone is not a replacement for an iPad mini. It has a 16:9 display which is really hard to use in landscape orientation. Apps are generally not optimised for that aspect ratio. It doesn't have iPad specific features like Multitasking (Split-View, PiP, Gestures). And iPhone Plus is almost twice as expensive as the iPad mini.

    Another thing that might happen with the iPad mini is that Apple could put a bigger display inside the same body and it won't be a 7.9 inch tablet anymore that they plan to discontinue.
  13. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
  14. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    TBH, the writing was already on the wall:
    Only one iPad mini available, and it's the most expensive one.

    I might grab the 128 GB mini now it's still available.
  15. Number-Six macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2013
    Weren't the rumors saying the same thing last year shortly before the Mini 4 was announced?
  16. imran5720 macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2013
    so Steve Jobs was not wrong about 7 inch tablets after all? what a visionary man
  17. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
  18. Cronowerx Suspended

    Feb 23, 2015
    7″ tablets should come with sandpaper, so that users can file down their fingers so they can use them....Steve Jobs was right!
  19. Sunny1990, May 16, 2017
    Last edited: May 16, 2017

    Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
    iPad mini was a perfect size is one of my favorite form factor.Nooooo Noooo !! Apple please don't do that :(
  20. Deej macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2005
    I think that would be a shame. I like the size of the mini, and am (was?) just about to buy a new one!
  21. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    My guess is they're not trying to replace the mini with the iPhone but that the larger iPad with smaller bezels won't be that much bigger than the mini (and with the Pro line won't be that much more expensive).
  22. StevieD100 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2014
    Living Dangerously in Retirement
    don't do this Apple. The mini is perfect for taking with me on my travels. The screen aspect ratio is brilliant for E-books and DSLR Photos. I do whole presentations from mine using a Lightning to HDMI cable.
    It works and for me it is perfect.
    If you do can it at least make a similar sized Pro. For me even 10in is too big.
  23. dukeblue219 macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2012
    The iPad Mini is perfect for travel. I just can't fathom why, with all of Apple's other ignored products they'd ditch this one. Am I the only person who thinks it makes a great travel companion for e-reading and video watching on a tray table? A full sized iPad is too bright right in my face, and I don't want a plus-size phone. It's also much easier to hold one-handed (anywhere, not just travelling) than a full-sized unit.

    Rumors rumors rumors... I know... but I really don't get how this isn't the most popular tablet size. If they drop support I'll upgrade from my 2 to a 4 right away, but then probably back to Android.
  24. WBRacing macrumors 65816


    Nov 19, 2012
    I keep reading this sort of comment and still cannot for the life of me understand it. How is less choice good news?

    Perhaps if it avoided fragmentation, but does their dropping this item do this?
  25. rp2011 macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2010
    Love my iPad mini. Take it with me for quick billing and invoicing on-site as I like to travel light. But it's all about viability.

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