Apple to discontinue iPad mini, add larger 12.2-inch iPad Pro to iPad family – report

“A report from Chinese publication Economic Daily News suggests that starting next year, Apple will discontinue the iPad mini line and replace it with the bigger 12.2-inch iPad Pro model,” Chris Smith reports for BGR.

“Foxconn is expected to produce the iPad Pro alongside the iPad Air in the future, although it’s not clear when the iPad Pro will launch,” Smith reports. “The bigger tablet should be launched at some point in the third quarter of the year, according to some reports.

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If this comes to pass, iPhone 6 Plus owners already understand why Apple would be moving in this direction.

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69 Comments

    1. I totally disagree. The iPad mini sold like crazy for a very good reason, it was the right size for many people.

      My friend uses the heck out of their iPad mini.

      1. Don’t forget, Apple discontinued the iPod mini while it was their most popular product. Then again, consider the source of the article. Until I see something from a more reliable source I’m not going to put too much stock in this.

        1. If this happens, this will be another nail in the coffin for Apple as a products company. The Apple iPad mini has lower margins then the larger iPads, and the target demographic is a lower income demographic. The reason the Apple iPad Mini sold open Lowes is because their price was perfect for ahuge number of consumers. I will be very sad if the iPad mini is discontinued. I would also be surprise. The iPad mini is a better iPad then the regular size version.

          1. ” If this happens, this will be another nail in the coffin for Apple as a products company.”

            What are some of the other nails in the coffin? I can’t see the coffin much less any nails.

      2. Prior to the iPhone 6+ I would’ve totally agreed with you. The iPad mini was the best iOS device I ever had (and I have had every device), until the iPad mini Retina, which then became the best iOS device I ever had… until the iPhone 6+, and now I hardly ever touch my iPad mini.

        The bottom line here is what is happening with sales, and only Apple really has the full information there. If others are like me and no longer buying/using the iPad mini because of the 6+, then it makes sense to move on and perhaps see if there’s room on the other side of the iPad Air.

        1. I think Apple needs both. Not everyone wants to buy an iPhone and a data plan or forced into a data plan i should say just to have something smaller then the iPad air.

          Its like so many people upset that apple didn’t make an iPod touch 6 and 6 plus. I agree i think we need both the mini and the touch. Maybe the touch only in the 4.7in size. But really not everyone wants an iPhone. Allot of people want a touch or an iPad mini because its cheaper and they are not saddled with a data plan for the next 2 years. Or in the case of t mobile paying over $500 for something that the touch can do just as well for allot less.

          Apple should not do this. Makes bad sense. There is no reason not to have the touch, the mini, iPhone 6 6 plus and the air and a iPad pro. Although at the pro size seems it would be a bit heavy.

      3. Could not agree more. Only problem since the first generation Apple has done little to improve except increase resolution which did not impress me enough to upgrade. Now with the 6 plus out and even less of an upgrade on the iPad mini 3, I have no interest in the product at this time. Why couldn’t Apple just put a phone in the mini in the first place?

    2. What are you talking about? Everyone needs both. iPad Air only fits in jacket pockets, while iPad Mini fits in all other pockets. Therefore, iPad Air is for Fall/Winter and iPad Mini is for Spring/Summer. What has everyone else been doing?!

    1. I really hope your right (and they probably have no basis to conclude otherwise).

      Personally, have the iPhone 6 Plus AND and a Retina Mini, I love both devices and would truly hate to see the Mini form factor disappear.

      1. I think they are very likely judging the sales of the mini in respect of the iPhone Plus, probably why it only had a minor upgrade. Equally the fact of the minor upgrade may have made some invest in such a conclusion based on little else.

      2. I’m happy with my new iPhone 6 and was looking forward to a new iPad mini with touch and upgraded processor. I hope the rumor isn’t true.

        Maybe the iPhone 7 or 8 Plus may fit the bill in the future and I won’t want two separate devices.

  1. But I wonder if there will be an iPod Plus?

    I know iPod sales aren’t the driver but still function as a gateway drug and alternative to the Kindle Fire and their ilk.

  2. I understand the move as well. But I will never use a iPhone 6 Plus and I love my new iPad Mini 2. I will probably keep it until it can not be upgraded to a new iOS version like I did with my iPad 1.

  3. If so, Apple should give iPhone Plus users the option of having Safari on their phone tell websites it’s an iPad so the websites are displayed as they would on an computer or iPad.

    1. Are you serious? The iPhone 5s is too big for you? You want to go all the way back down to the size of the 4s? That’s crazy talk. The iPhone 5s is tiny compared to the 6 and 6 Plus.

      1. I own an iPhone 6 together with my old iPhone 4 and still use my old phone occasionally. I know it sounds crazy but the iPhone 4 although being small still packs a punch at being a great smart phone. Its Apples fault for making such great products that I have a hard time letting them go :-).

    2. About a year ago I finally migrated from the gen1 iPhone to the 4S.
      Within 6 months the screen and the back were cracked ( although it still works fine)
      Frankly I preferred the original size, shape, material and weight of the first gen phone. It was a comfortingly solid slab and just the right curves to fit the hand perfectly.
      If I had a choice I’d go back to the original with new, upgraded internals. Think of it, the battery would practically last a week!

  4. I’m sure it would just be the original iPad mini, not the iPad mini (retina) that would get discontinued… Do you think they are going to leave a segment of the market just to the competition? does anyone have a current breakdown of what sells better? I think the mini more than holds it own

  5. If this indeed happens, I sure as heck hope Apple ups the storage on the iPod Touch to 128GB. I need a dedicated device just for my music library with as few other bells, whistles and smallest screen possible – with 128GB, period!

    1. I’ve heard a couple of women say they wish they had a mini, instead of a the larger iPads they have, because it would be easier to carry in a purse for reading at work.

    2. It is not about the weight! It is about the size. AS stated several times above, the Mini is the right size for many, including many industry needs. Do you know how hard it is to hand hold a full size slate for doctors, inventory specialists and a plethora of other people who need a screen on a second’s notice? The mini fits into a lab coat pocket, doctor’s pocket, or other coat pockets so that you don’t have to hold on to them 8 to 10 hours a day while working.

      And no, they don’t need the function of a phone to get that screen usage.

    3. Probably discontinue iPad mini but continue mini with retina display.

      Say a new mini for $189 yesterday. Cheaper than an iPod touch. GM is close to zero at that PX.

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