iPad Mini Latest Update: It Is A Bad News As Apple To Discontinue iPad Mini

By LJ Joseph, Posted: 05/17/17 02:50AM EDT
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This is a real bad news for iPad mini fans. A new report is suggesting that Apple plans to discontinue the 7.9-inch iPad sometime in the future, which is a claim supported by the lack of updates to the smaller iPad in recent years.

Apple Discontinue iPad Mini As It Squeezed From Both Ends

BGR reported that a source close to Apple claimed that the iPad mini will not be updated again and will instead by phased out over time due to decreasing sales possibly caused by lighter and thinner iPads and modern iPhones with larger displays. The report offers no additional details like when the iPad mini will actually be discontinued.

According to 9ToMac, Apple currently offers a single storage configuration of its iPad mini 4 with 128GB for $399 and a model with built-in LTE for $529. Furthermore, Apple undercut the price of the iPad mini 4 price with the new 9.7-inch iPad that goes for $329 for 32GB and $429 for 128GB.

The $329 iPad also has a newer processor, although the iPad mini 4 has a higher quality display with lamination and an anti-reflective coating. Some analysts have predicted that the iPad mini will eventually be discontinued which isn't surprising.

Fans can also consider the issue about Apple has only revised the product three times in five years. Hence, one update only involved adding Touch ID and a gold color option.

Apple's annual developer conference takes place in June, with the opening keynote scheduled for June 5, according to ZDNet. During that keynote, the company is expected to announce updates to its multiple software platforms including iOS and Mac OS.

The company will also announce a 10.5-inch iPad Pro model, along with a Siri Speaker. These devices purpose was to compete with the likes of Google Home and Amazon's Echo platform.



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