iPad Mini Pro [Rumor]

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  1. au003 macrumors newbie

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  2. Pakaku macrumors 68000

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    Same could be said about literally any Mac or PC with higher-than-consumer-standard parts. How DARE Intel charge more for i7s and Xeons.
     
  3. au003 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It seems like there will only be a Pro-line from now on, so no "normal" iPad Air 3 and iPad Mini 5 (according to rumors). So how about the "normal" customers, who don't need all those overpowered products? People who want a cheap iPad just for surfing, mailing, watching videos, etc? Just wondering.
     
  4. facemeat macrumors member

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    The mini 4 and Air 2 would suffice for all of those tasks.
    I predict that we'll get a new iPad pro line (7.9, 10.5, 12.9) and the Mini 4 and Air 2 will receive a minor price cut and act as the 'entry' level iPads for those who just need it for Safari, Youtube and Mail. They might also get a very minor spec bump, maybe the A9 chip and another 3GB of ram for the air 2 (speculation on my part).
     
  5. Pakaku macrumors 68000

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    They might start producing a Pro Mini, but I can't see them dropping the standard Mini. It makes no sense, especially when they still sell the Mac Mini, the Macbook, and the Macbook Air.
     
  6. beernut macrumors 6502

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    I'm waiting for the iPad 8S Plus Mini Pro SE 2
     
  7. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    Then don't buy the latest model. The price of older models always drop when a new one comes out. The "Pro" models are just regular yearly updates with a new name.
     
  8. sjleworthy macrumors 65816

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    they'd hardly produce 2 minis together. 1 of each model will suffice. call it what you will.
     
  9. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    Yes, there's no way they would produce two new Minis simultaneously. I'm sure they will continue to sell the Mini 4 though. It would be the same situation as with the 9.7" iPads.

    People still don't seem to get that "Pro" isn't actually a separate product line, but rather just a new marketing term. If a Mini Pro comes out, that is the Mini 5.
     
  10. gobikerider macrumors 65832

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    The Air 2 is a very capable iPad still. For productivity use its still excellent. The only area it's falling down in would be gaming and that's only on the latest most advanced titles.
     
  11. krause734 macrumors 6502

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    iPad Mini Pro Air with Retina Display 5? Apple needs better planning for their naming system.
     
  12. psac macrumors 6502a

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    I'm still on my rMini (aka Mini 2), and love it. But, it's close to three years now, so replacement is somewhat due. The 4 isn't worth an upgrade yet, but I would certainly pay for a Mini Pro/5 with a nice spec bump.
     
  13. au003 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    "The New iPad Mini Air Pro 5 SE with Retina HD True-Tone Display" - Seems like a great product name.
     
  14. sonicrobby macrumors 68020

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    I'd pay extra for the pencil support. But I wouldn't buy the mini pro if the camera pertrudes. I really hate that design :(
     
  15. masotime macrumors 68000

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    What exactly is wrong with the current iPad Mini 4 for "surfing, mailing, watching videos, etc?"
     
  16. bensisko macrumors 65816

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    For me, it's nowhere NEAR the big deal people make it out to be. Such a non-issue.
     
  17. au003 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Did I ever say that..? Just thinking the normal iPad lines should still be updated too.
     
  18. beernut macrumors 6502

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    a mini 5 that doesn't have new features or more power and "just for surfing, mailing, watching videos, etc" is just a newer mini 4 o_O
     
  19. masotime macrumors 68000

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    Essentially I am saying that even if Apple doesn't have a "normal" iPad Mini 5 in the future, the iPad Mini 4 is already performant enough to last for a long time. Even now I find myself recommending the iPad Air 2 over the iPad Pro 9.7" if you don't need the Smart connector / Pencil support.

    Especially if it is just for surfing, mailing, watching videos.
     
  20. Beerstalker macrumors 6502

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    When the iPad Air 2 came out they didn't get rid of the Air 1, and keep the iPad 4th Gen. They got rid of the 4th Gen and kept the Air 1.

    I'm not sure why people think it will be any different with new iPads now. I'm fairly certain they will keep the current iPad Pro with a price cut and drop the Air 2.

    Assuming we get new iPad Pro in 3 sizes in the spring of 2017 you will have the choice between:

    iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro 7.9" (the Mini 2 will get dropped).
    2016 iPad Pro 9.7" and 2017 iPad Pro 9.7" (the Air 2 will be dropped)
    2015 iPad Pro 12.9" and 2017 iPad Pro 12.9"
     
  21. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    I agree with most of that, except that there is no way Apple would sell the 2016 iPad Pro 9.7" for the same $399 as the iPad Air 2, which means they could keep the Air 2 a bit longer until they feel they can drop the price further on the Pro.
     
  22. Beerstalker macrumors 6502

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    I think they will just drop the Air 2 and have the 2016 iPad Pro 9.7" price drop to $499 (not $399). Nothing says they have to have a 9.7" iPad for $399.
     

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