Will we ever see a new iPad mini?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by chillip, Sep 16, 2017.

  1. chillip macrumors 6502a

    Mar 16, 2013
    I love my iPad mini 4 and love the form factor. Do you think we will ever see an updated version or even a pro model?
  2. facemeat macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2016
    I doubt it, but I hope so. I really miss the mini size, but buying a new iPad mini 4 that's two years old seems like a bad idea. All I really want in a new mini is a processor bump to make it more future proof and Apple pen support.
  3. HarryWild macrumors 65816


    Oct 27, 2012
    If Apple does a new Mini, got be in 2018 or never. The Mini 4 uses the A8 and current SOC is A11. In 2018, it will be 4 generations behind if you wait for September 2018 or 4 years behind the times.
  4. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    I hope so. I mean it would be foolish for Apple to leave the mini out of ARKit (which requires A9 minimum). All current iPhones are ARkit capable.

    Or Apple would just discontinue it altogether... :(

    Love my mini. Even if Apple refresh it with an A9, I would be happy.
    My guess and hope is next year, we will see a refresh of the SE, the non-profit ipad and a new mini, all running the A10

    Cross fingers
  5. Ghost31 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2015
    Both iPad mini and Mac mini get the shaft. I think we'll see a new iPad mini when we see a new Mac mini. Whenever they feel like doing the bare minimum to refresh the hardware, but they won't care too much about giving it features and such. I think its pretty much DOA because the sizes of smartphones have gotten larger to the point most people ask "why have a separate device where the screen is only marginally larger?"
  6. ejin222 macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    I don't think most people ask "Why have a separate device where the screen is only marginally larger." Then why have a MacBook 12", MacBook Pro 13" and MacBook Pro 15"?

    I think it's all about margins and the fact it ate up too much profit from the larger iPads. Pure speculations. The Apple under Tim Cook is very different from the Apple under Jobs, and the Cook Apple is all about profits and margins.

    I've always had the larger iPhone Plus and a Mini iPad. It was NEVER about screen size, but what best worked for ME. The few polls running around here will also show you that many iPhone Plus owners also had Mini iPads.
  7. facemeat macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2016
    It’s not “marginally” larger, the mini has roughly twice as much screen space as the iPhone plus. [​IMG]
  8. Ghost31 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2015
    Meh. Yeah but it's all about perception. Most people seem to just not care. Despite whatever polls on an iPad enthusiast forum would lead you to believe, typically if you get an iPad you get one substantially larger (at least 10 inch) than your phone so there's a much more noticeable difference in experience and a reason to put the phone down and move to another device.

    There's a reason iPad mini isn't getting much love
  9. Stealthdiggers macrumors newbie


    Sep 7, 2017
    My iPhone 7+ is great,
    my IPP 10.5 is fantastic,
    But my iPad mini is the perfect portable size for a do everything device.
  10. ejin222 macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    Most people seem to just not care? So when you plop down a few hundred dollars for a new device, you just "don't care"?

    I don't get your arguments. You try to argue against what the polls say (obviously, the sample set is small and/or skewed even) and basically put forward your opinions as fact. At least in the most recent poll at Macrumors, it seemed that i7 Plus owners were AS likely to have a Mini iPad as a larger iPad.

    From what I see, the "reason" why the Mini isn't getting much love is because Cook out-priced the Mini. $399 for a Mini compared to $329 for the 9.7? I think that's where the love got lost. I would easily pay for a $299 Mini over a $329 9.7.

    It seems to me that Apple is intentionally trying to both kill off the Mini line, as well as increase the remaining stock so it makes a larger margin.

    I love the Mini. I hope it makes a comeback
  11. Ghost31 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2015
    How did I put forth my opinion as fact? Do I have to preface every statement I make with "my opinion is and please don't take this as fact"? I loved the mini too but "in my opinion", the iPad mini isn't talked about widely like the two pros are because the interest is fairly small.
  12. Nismo73 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2013
  13. ssledoux macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2006
    Down south
    The mini is the perfect iPad for my grandkids. Two of them are still stuck with mini 2s and I'm going to upgrade a couple of the older grandkids to the 2017 iPads (one already has it), so I can hand down the mini 4s and get rid of the 2s completely. It's sad I won't get to keep that mini form factor because the size is so perfect for them, but I don't want to buy new items for them that are already a couple years behind technologically.
  14. 007p macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2012
    From the other thread, probably not a bad idea if people at least try and voice their opinion about the mini to apple:

    That said - if you look at the iPad configuration drop down, I'm slightly confused as to why iPad pro has no option? I guess it falls under 'iPad' but wouldn't mini also fall under that? Very strange how they haven't updated it for the iPad pro yet...
  15. Flopstar macrumors member


    Sep 17, 2017
    Meh, I don't know.
    I used to love my iPad mini 2 until iOS 9+ made it borderline unusable with the constantly stutters animations. Hopefully there's a new one soon as the 4 is almost 2 years old (and the chip is 3 years!)

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