iPad Mini – the line of mini tablet computers designed, developed and marketed by Apple – saw renewed interests in 2015 when the Cupertino company launched iPad Mini 4. Thinner and lighter than ever before, offering uncompromising performance and potential, iPad Mini 4’s incredibly sleek and portable design gave the product the much-needed boost. Powered by A8 chip with second-gen 64-bit desktop-class architecture, iPad Mini 4 delivered advanced optics with powerful cameras on-board. But iPad Mini 5 may never become a reality because it looks like Apple will bid adieu to iPad Mini soon.
iPad Mini to be discontinued
According to reports, Apple may soon discontinue iPad Mini. A BGR source states that there’s “fierce cannibalism of our own products” and so the humble, modest yet powerful iPad Mini, has been “sized out of its own category”. And the most compelling reason for discontinuing iPad Mini could be the worrisome sales figures, which clearly have hit rock bottom.
Also, iPhone 7 Plus has captured the market share of iPad Mini to some extent, with users wanting to buy the feature-packed iPhone 7 Plus instead of entry-level iPad. Given the uncertainty surrounding the sales, it’s unclear whether Apple will continue to sell iPad Mini for some more time, without any further updates.
In related news, Apple will in all probability announce MacBook, MacBook Pro 2017 and MacBook Air during Worldwide Developers Conference in June. With a slim design and the very popular Touch Bar, MacBook Pro 2016 was a hit. The Cupertino company has reportedly sold a whopping 4.2 million Macs in the March quarter, up 4% from the 4 million it sold in the last year quarter. MacBook, MacBook Pro 2017 and MacBook Air are most likely to receive processor upgrade, mainly from the Kaby Lake family.
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