On sale right now they are the same price for the Black Friday seals but their regular prices the mini 4 was more expensive and even with the larger storage, it should be much cheaper, much older tech and a smaller displayI thought the 9.7” iPad starts at 32GB while the Mini can only be had at 128GB, hence the heftier price...
This is a valid point. New devices get higher prices, the old ones remain on the same price.The display is laminated; however, at this point I would think Apple has nailed down its production so there should be very little wasted cost to manufacture these things.
The real reason is this: Apple releases a product at a price; that product is basically going to stay at that price for its life, regardless of its tech specs. It has been this way for the Mac Mini, the Mac Pro, the iPad Mini... Heck... even Apple's current laptops are running Intel's previous generation CPUs and the prices are the same now as when they were released. It's just the way Apple does things.
I would wait until March if you could. That’s when the iPad mini will be updated alongside the new regular 9.7” iPad. I love the iPad mini as well. My mini 2 is dying. I ordered the new iPad Pro for professional work...but I will definitely buy another iPad mini when they update them in March. Sale or not, I just can’t bring myself to buy a 3 year old iPad mini with a 4 year old processor that doesn’t have pencil support. I may be taking a chance, but Ming Chi Kuo said the iPad mini update is coming probably in March...and his track record is pretty damn good.I miss my Mini 4. Have an iPad Pro 10.5 and love it. Best Buy has the Mini 4 with 128GB of memory for $250 for Black Friday. May pick one up to carry just for downloading, storing, and basic processing of shots from a camera or phone.
9.7” iPad does have a newer processor and Apple Pencil support, but the mini 4 has a fully laminated display, a higher pixel density and 128 GB of storage. I think that is Apple’s reasoning, but I do agree that the Mini 4 should be retired or replaced with a newer processor at least.Whats going on with Apple?
I don’t think snarky comments are asked for. The OP has a valid question and is trying to understand Apple’s reasoning why one product that seems inferior to their other one is more expensive.Apple is in this to make money. Maybe you forgot that. They will sell at what the market is willing to pay.