“First introduced in 2012, Apple’s iPad mini was a welcome alternative to the much larger, thicker, and heavier 9.7-inch iPad,” Jonathan S. Geller reports for BGR. “There was no 5.5-inch iPhone Plus, so the iPad mini made a great choice for light reading and effortless web browsing, email, and gaming.”

“The market doesn’t stand still, however, and we’re now looking at a redesigned iPad Pro to be launched this summer that should offer everything the current 9.7-inch iPad features, but in a smaller footprint with a larger 10.5-inch display,” Geller reports. “On the other side, there’s the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, which is large enough to negate the need for a tablet for many users. The device you take everywhere, that’s always with you, that has the best camera, and that has everything else you need. The device that you already own.”

Apple iPad mini

Apple iPad mini

 
Geller reports, “Therein lies the problem, and that’s why we have heard from a source close to Apple that the iPad mini is being phased out.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Not surprising. After we got our 5.5-inch iPhones in September 2014, the iPad mini made even less sense than it did when it was launched.