Apple today discontinued the iPad mini 2, which launched in November 2013 and was most recently sold for $269 in the United States. Apple's cheapest tablet is now the new 9.7-inch iPad, which starts at $329, while those preferring the 7.9-inch size can purchase the iPad mini 4 with 128GB of storage for $399.

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Apple's tablet lineup has now been narrowed down to the iPad Pro in 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch sizes, a low-cost 9.7-inch iPad, and the iPad mini 4. Rumors suggest Apple is also readying a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro with a narrow bezel design, which could be unveiled at a future Spring event, WWDC 2017, or even later.

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Top Rated Comments

Mad Mac Maniac Avatar
93 months ago
This actually saddens me more than it should for a few reasons.

1) It increases the entry level iPad Price
2) It could signal the end of iPad mini
3) Most importantly (for me!) the iPad mini 2 is my current main iPad. The earlier it's discontinued the earlier it will lose support.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
maflynn Avatar
93 months ago
They need to further tighten up their product line, there's still too much overlap.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rainshadow Avatar
93 months ago
They NEEDED to drop the mini 2. I had 2 friends enter the iOS ecosystem by buying an iPad mini 2 last winter (they didn't ask me) and they were shocked about how under-powered it was compared to android devices of similar price. I had to explain to them how outdated it was etc.

Both returned it and swore off Apple devices despite my excuses and bought android tablets.

Apple is not abandoning the mini, they are clearing severely old technology to make for a better experience.

I still think (hope?) they will release a whole new line of iPad Pros including the mini with pencil support. - Maybe not all this year, but over the next couple.

iPad mini 4
iPad 9.7
iPad Pro mini
IPad Pro 10.5
iPad Pro 12"
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
QCassidy352 Avatar
93 months ago
Big jump in entry level price, and huge jump in entry price for the cheapest 7.9" iPad. Hard to argue that they should keep selling a 2013 product, but i would have liked seeing a 32gb iPad mini 4 for $299.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Andres Cantu Avatar
93 months ago
Coming soon: Apple discontinues iPad mini :(
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Gasu E. Avatar
93 months ago
And yet some think they'll add a 10.5" iPad so they'll have the mini, the standard, the 10.5" and the Pro? I don't see it happening.
The 10.5" will replace the current 9.7" Pro.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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