Earlier today, a report surfaced that basically confirmed what a lot of people already expected: Apple is going to phase out the iPad mini lineup.
There won’t be any new hardware introduced in the near future, and there won’t be any iterative updates to the hardware, either. Essentially the iPad mini 4, which was released near the end of 2015, will be the last member of the family.
I can’t help but feel like this would mean the iPad mini goes out on a high note. A high note for its own lineup, sure, but still, the 2015 iPad mini was a pretty solid device for what Apple wanted it to be. And considering it never really felt like Apple wanted to make the iPad mini, and just felt compelled to do so many years ago, it isn’t surprising in the slightest that the family might be going the way of the dodo bird.
I’ll be honest here: the iPad mini was, up until very recently, my favorite iPad.
I loved the size of it, and thanks to apps like Paper by 53, and even the stylus Pencil by 53, I used it as a quick drawing pad all the time. Plus it wasn’t too big for my kids to use when they were playing games, and, well, they used it more often than I did.
And then I switched to a Plus iPhone, and my kids got older, and the iPad Pro was introduced –along with Apple’s own Pencil— and my favorite quickly changed to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Plus, I can’t tell you how much I love the quad speakers on the iPad Pro lineup. I watch a lot of content on my tablet, and those speakers are great.
It’s been almost two years since the iPad mini saw a refresh, and almost three years since it saw a worthwhile one. Because of that it has always felt that the iPad mini lineup has been languishing in the background, only upgraded when Apple feels obligated to. But it sounds like the overall drop of tablet sales, which may have impacted the iPad mini lineup hard due to low adoption to begin with, may be the final nail in the mini tablet’s lifespan.
My question to you is this: Is it about time? Do you think Apple would be doing the right thing by phasing out the iPad mini lineup altogether? Or are you currently using an iPad mini and wish Apple would give it a legitimate upgrade this year?