Apple first rolled out its 7.9-inch iPad mini in 2012 but this device will not be updated with the newer versions since the company tends to stop selling the device due to low sales. According to a source close to the iPhone maker, the iPad mini product has just been removed from its own category on the market. However, the report does not mention when the 7.9-inch tablet might be phased out.
According to sources, the Cupertino company didn’t specify its sales results of the tablet, which seems to be the main reason why Apple is planning to discontinue the smaller version of iPad.
After the release of the new iPad model with 9.7-inch screen in March this year, Apple eliminated not only the native iPad mini but also iPad Air 2 lineup.
The company is likely to roll out a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model at its annual developers conference this June. It’s completely reasonable that the next generation iPad mini will not show up at the event. The Cupertino company at the moment equips iPad mini 4 with Wi-Fi and 128GB of internal storage. The tablet is now priced at $399. An LTE-enabled model is worth $529. It can be seen that Apple removed the 32-gigabyte iPad mini 4 model after releasing the new edition of 9.7-inch iPad.
According to Mac Otakara – a Japanese blog last October, Apple could unveil the fifth-generation iPad mini and market the device as the 7.9-inch “iPad mini Pro.”
However, with the release of bigger screen iPhone models in 2014, iPad mini has become less attractive to users as a device which meets their needs for light tasks such as reading news, checking email, surfing the web, playing game, messaging, etc.
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