Sketchy Report Claims No New iPad Air in 2015, One Last iPad Mini

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With Apple said to unveil its long-rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro in November, many assumed that both the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 would see refreshes as well. However, a new report from Economic Daily News [Translation] (via Macotakara [Translation]) says that no new iPad Air will be revealed.


    While the iPad Air 2 may not see a refresh, the iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro will see introductions. Liaoxian Li, investment advisor at Fubon Hardware, tells Economic Daily News that Apple may want the attention on the new iPad Pro and thus will let its main assembly plant for iPads, Foxconn, focus on the Pro to maximize deployment capacity. Li believes a new iPad Air might not be released until 2016. Economic Daily News has a mixed track record on rumors and the accuracy of this particular analyst isn't known.

    Additionally, the report claims that the new iPad mini might be the last one as the Apple wants to focus on the two larger iPads in the future. Many people were disappointed with the iPad mini update in 2014, which essentially added Touch ID to the existing iPad mini 2. The next iPad mini will likely be more of an upgrade, with a rumored rear shell featuring iPad Air 2 design elements already making the rounds.

    While it's possible Apple won't upgrade the iPad Air 2 this year, the company has been constraining supplies of the iPad Air to third-party retailers, suggesting the iPad Air 2 would become the lower-cost option as an iPad Air 3 slots into Apple's tablet lineup. However, it's possible Apple introduces an iPad Air 3 with minimal additions, as it did with the iPad mini 3.

    Article Link: Sketchy Report Claims No New iPad Air in 2015, One Last iPad Mini
  2. nigameash macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2008
    Space: The Final Frontier
    If Apple kills the iPad Air or disregards it like it did with the iPad Mini, I'm going to be really disappointed. But again it's a sketchy report :p
  3. thevofl macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2006
    I don't understand the hate towards the mini. I love mine. It is way more portable than when I had an iPad. Why can't we have three?
  4. DancingTiger01 macrumors newbie


    Jun 14, 2015
  5. CmdrLaForge macrumors 68040


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    If Apple wants to make sure the iPad continues to decline then it's a hell of a good idea not to release an update for another year.
  6. sketchguy macrumors member


    Jan 31, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Hmm. Any chance we might see an official Apple pressure-sensitive stylus to go with this iPad "Pro"? Because, you know, us "Pros" who like to use the iPad for sketching/drawing would love something that actually works, with palm recognition and Wacom-like functionality. Or, when will Apple just up and buy Wacom?
  7. ThatTechGuy macrumors member

    May 9, 2012
  8. Wreckus macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2015
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    I think you're onto something. in fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they intentionally promote the bigger tablet for professionals only with a stylus (iPad pro as the name maybe?) and promote the Mini & Air models for consumers.
  9. samh004 macrumors 68020


    Mar 1, 2004
    If the idea is to eventually focus on 2 iPad's on;y, with neither being the mini, wouldn't introducing the "Pro" alongside an iPad Air 3 be more logical? That way the new "Air" could fit into the price-point of the mini and the new "Pro" take over from where the "Air" was.
  10. nojkepop macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2014
    Apple doesn't release an updated iPad Mini. No one buys it because there's no point. Then Apple decides to only have one more update and focus on the larger models because people buy those...
  11. Denmac1 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2007
    Lost in Space
    Time to trim the line up. Apple needs to clean up the amount of iPad products offered. Personally, I never saw the need for the mini, although it seems that there are many that like it.
    Glad I went ahead and bought my Air 2. Very happy with it. I know there are those that are looking at the Pro, but if I was going for that size, I believe I would go for a laptop. With that said, there could be a potential market in Enterprise for the Pro, especially based on Apple's renewed partnership with IBM.
  12. sir1963nz macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2012
    I had an iPad first off and found reading on it awkward, it put a strain on my wrist when hosting it with one hand. So I opted for a Mini and love it. It has been around the world with me twice so far.

    If the mini goes.... well its a Kindle next for me.
  13. The Game 161 macrumors G5

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    That's damn stupid

    12.9 is too big for a tablet and would be even worse if they removed the mini
  14. 2IS Suspended

    Jan 9, 2011
    Apple is just being stubborn at this point. They know the next step is to make the iPad more than a large iPhone/iPod Touch but they just don't want to do that. So instead the marketing team is thinking up of ways on how to sell a new ipad that does nothing new.
  15. subjonas macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2014
  16. fel10 macrumors 68000


    Feb 2, 2010
    Woodstock, GA USA
    As someone who's planing to upgrade my iPad this year, I'm really looking forward to see what Apple has in stores for the new iPad.
  17. Geekazoid Suspended

    Sep 20, 2012
    Given that this is a "sketchy" report, I doubt it's accuracy.

    As is often said, you can't believe everything you hear, or in this case, read.
  18. dampfnudel macrumors 68030

    Aug 14, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    I hope the iPad mini 4 gets an A9 with 2GB of RAM and a better display.
  19. Pman17 macrumors regular


    Mar 12, 2011
    Galveston, TX
    hmmm... well they did update the iPad too soon one year for the lightning cable
  20. Tech198 macrumors G4

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
  21. oldmacs macrumors 68040

    Sep 14, 2010
    I can't possibly see the market for an iPad Pro being bigger than the iPad Mini...

    Unless they beef up iOS and have a keyboard accessory etc... but then you're practically at the Retina Macbook...
  22. The Game 161 macrumors G5

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    As somebody who has a note good as it is its not something you can use in your hand for long periods
  23. FieldingMellish Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    When will Apple simply call the Pro model the iPad Large?
  24. cult hero macrumors 6502a

    cult hero

    Jun 6, 2005
    I'd be sad if they dropped the Mini. The Air is much nicer than the originals but the Mini is the perfect size for the way it's used most in my house: by my kids.
  25. 8012R3 macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2014
    Apple will never give the consumer more product for less money. The Pro version, will set its own price point.

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