Don’t hold your breath in anticipation of an iPad Mini 5 – it may not be happening after all. With all of the focus being on the iPad Pro and seeing how much screen space we can get for our money, it seems as if Apple has decided to discontinue the smaller version of its smart tablet to make room for more iterations of its larger successors.
According to a source close to Apple, the Mini is currently being phased out. The source claims there is a “fierce cannibalism of our own products” and that the device has just been “sized out of its own category.”
Why is now the end for the iPad Mini?
Apple’s miniature gadget is only 5 years old – which pales in comparison to the company’s iPhone, Mac, and even Apple TV product lines. When the device was first launched in 2012, it was the perfect medium between the larger 9.7-inch iPad and the 4-inch screen size on the iPhone 5 at the time.
This was prior to the launch of the iPhone 6, which introduced a 4.7-inch display, and the iPhone 6 Plus that offered a 5.5-inch screen. So in comparison to what was offered by Apple at the time, the iPad Mini was revolutionary. Sadly, due to the higher demand of larger products, the gadget has finally met its doom.
Apple consumers are way too involved in the iPad Pro family, and there simply isn’t enough room for a miniature version at this time. Rather than try and make it work, the company knows that by staying on trend they will be able to push more envied products much better and save on design, materials, and most importantly, production costs.
We should have seen this coming
Just a few months ago, Apple discontinued production of the iPad Mini 2. The announcement came after nearly four years of the device’s launch, so it wasn’t much of a surprise to many of us. However, if we look at the trend, we can see that Apple has probably been planning this move for quite some time.
In addition to discontinuing the years-old tablet, Apple also stopped selling the 32GB version of the iPad Mini 4. At this point, the original iPad had been long forgotten and there wasn’t a third-generation tablet to purchase. While this announcement sparked theories that a newer version of the device was in the works, we know now that the company was in fact just letting us down easy.
What’s next for the iPad family?
While Apple works on the next version (or two) of the iPad Pro, we can expect the bigger devices to take the limelight for a while. Currently, people are once again obsessed with bigger screens – most likely because it took a while for Apple to jump on that bandwagon. The company is simply making informed decisions to ensure their customers are buying the devices they truly want.
While this bigger screen trend may last for a while, we should know by now that fads in the mobile world come and go. This could very well just be a break for the iPad Mini, but not the end of the gadget as we know it.