Yes it's a bit of a rhetorical question. 1st gen iPad exists to get people to buy the 2nd gen and the 3rd gen exists to get people to buy the 2nd gen Air instead. But it makes for a complicated product line that doesn't make a lot of sense. Last year the mini and the Air achieved near parity, this year the Air gets all the attention and the mini gets not much more than Touch ID. Is Touch ID really worth the $100 premium over the mini 2? Doubtful. If Apple had no plans to update the mini specs (because of supply constraints, 6 Plus, gross margins or whatever) then they should have simply dropped the price on the 2nd gen and left it at that. Have the iPad Air 2 at $499, iPad Air at $399 and retina mini at $299. And if the mini continued to sell well and Apple wanted to keep it around they could have updated it with A8 and Touch ID next spring (when one would assume A8 isn't supply constrained). Honestly with the mini update today it's almost as if Apple is purposely making decisions that will allow them to eventually kill off this product.