Apple’s 7.9-inch iPad mini might be dead

“The last time Apple updated the iPad Mini was back in September 2015. The upgrade to that tablet at the time was reasonable. Apple outfitted the new device — the iPad Mini 4 — with a brand-new liquid crystal display that offered superb color accuracy, good brightness, and reasonable contrast, according to testing performed by DisplayMate,” Ashraf Eassa writes for The Motley Fool. “The tablet also enjoyed a reasonable improvement in internals, such as a move to the A8 processor, which was then one generation old.”

“Since then, Apple hasn’t updated the product,” Eassa writes. “In fact, the only update to the product line itself — if you can even call it that — is that Apple now offers the iPad Mini 4 in just a single storage configuration (128GB) at a relatively steep $399.”

“This leads to an interesting question,” Eassa writes. “Is the iPad Mini product category dead?”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We suspect we’ll find out next spring. If there’s no update to the 7.9-inch iPad mini then, get ’em while they last!

Wired reviews Apple’s new iPad: Offers plenty for just $329 – May 8, 2017
The Daily Express reviews Apple’s new iPad: ‘World’s greatest tablet just got more affordable’ – April 22, 2017
Macworld reviews iPad (2017): With a stripped-down iPad for $329, you may not need to go pro – April 10, 2017
Ars Technica reviews Apple’s $329 iPad: ‘For people who have never upgraded’ – April 6, 2017
It’s just plain old iPad, and it’s cheap – starting at just $329! – April 3, 2017

Apple’s new iPad is actually more than ‘just’ an iPad Air – March 30, 2017
Apple unveils new 9.7-inch iPad starting at new low price of just $329 – March 21, 2017


  1. Although I don’t use my iPad mini as often since adding the new iPad Pro to the mix, I’m still very glad I still have it. It’s smaller size is better for me when reading in bed, using with DJI Mavic remote control (fits perfectly), and when I don’t carry a bag and have one of my jackets that the mini fits in. It’s also just more pleasant to hold, and is extremely light requiring no stretching the thumbs out to mid screen when typing and holding.

  2. With the iPhone displays growing larger to 5.8″, there is less room between the big iPhones and the 9.7″ iPad to position the iPad mini.

    That is not to say that I am in favor of ditching it. Apple is a big enough company to retain a relatively low volume device, especially since it can consume previous generation A-series SoCs and memory modules and such. I don’t want Apple’s product lineup to get too cluttered, but it seems to me that there is still plenty of room for the iPad mini.

  3. My guess is they will give an iPad Pro 10.5 inch like treatment to the next iPad. That is, they will shrink the physical size of the device, and maintain close to the same display area. A little larger than the current mini, but with similar display size of the current iPad. That would basically keep everyone happy, and streamline the offerings.

  4. If they would update the iPad mini I would buy one tomorrow.

    With the watch gaining almost autonomous status, there is no reason the iPad mini could not morph into a VOiP machine- iPhone replacement for some of us.

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