Tag Archive for ‘iPad Mini’

BGR: Apple to Discontinue iPad Mini ➝

Jonathan Geller, reporting for BGR:

First introduced in 2012, Apple’s iPad mini was a welcome alternative to the much larger, thicker, and heavier 9.7-inch iPad. There was no 5.5-inch iPhone Plus, so the iPad mini made a great choice for light reading and effortless web browsing, email, and gaming. The market doesn’t stand still, however, and we’re now looking at a redesigned iPad Pro to be launched this summer that should offer everything the current 9.7-inch iPad features, but in a smaller footprint with a larger 10.5-inch display.

On the other side, there’s the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, which is large enough to negate the need for a tablet for many users. The device you take everywhere, that’s always with you, that has the best camera, and that has everything else you need. The device that you already own. Therein lies the problem, and that’s why we have heard from a source close to Apple that the iPad mini is being phased out.

In hindsight, I should have realized that Apple was phasing out the iPad Mini when the new 9.7-inch model was released a couple of months ago. The new iPad costs $70 less than the Mini and features a larger screen and faster A-series chip.

But setting aside it’s pitiful internals, the iPad Mini is getting squeezed at both ends by smartphones with ever increasing screen sizes and lower cost tablets with larger displays. There isn’t a good reason for the Mini to exist anymore. But, I didn’t expect Apple to discontinue it.

My initial thought was that Apple would fix the iPad lineup’s pricing by releasing an aggressively costed Mini — maybe $199 or $249. That would give them an absurdly low price point to market knowing that many customers would opt for a more expensive model. It would also tidy-up the lineup from a logical standpoint — two consumer iPads at 7.9- and 9.7-inches alongside two pro models at 10.5- and 12.9-inches. But, alas, that doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

(Via Nick Heer.)

‘Why I Now Have Two iPads’ ➝

Karan Varindani, writing on Medium:

The iPad mini bridges the gap between my iPhone and iPad Pro perfectly. The Air might be the best iPad for some people, but I strongly believe that there’s room for the Pro-Mini combination, too. A lot of people have disagreed with me on this already, and I understand why: The thought of needing two iPads sounds obnoxious. However, none of these people are iPad users, and I know three iPad Pro users that have been considering doing what I have so I know I’m not alone. All I can say is, after two weeks of using both devices, I don’t regret my decision. I won’t use the mini for any real ‘work,’ and it’s probably not going to leave my room much (if at all), but it definitely has a place in my device ecosystem. So, yes: I now have two iPads.

For many users, the days of traditional desktop computing will soon be a thing of the past.

Apple Quietly Pulls Original iPad Mini From Website and Apple Store ➝

Jeremy Horowitz, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Apple’s discontinuation of the iPad mini leaves the remaining iPads as a completely 64-bit family, all using either A7 or A8X processors rather than the iPad mini’s aging A5. It also means that all remaining iPads have Retina displays and unified Wi-Fi + Cellular models.

Honestly, I didn’t even know Apple was still selling the original iPad Mini. Was anyone actually buying it?

Buy an iPad mini 2 While You Still Can ➝

As it turns out, the iPad mini 3 has the same internals of an iPad mini 2 — with the only extra features being Touch ID and the option of getting one in gold. If you were interested in buying a 7.9-inch iPad, I’d follow Chris Welch’s advice and get a iPad mini 2 while you still can. Especially if you can still find one with more than 16GB of storage (like in the refurbished section of Apple’s online store).

The 100 Day Experiment ➝

Glenn Wolsey writing about his plans:

The plan is to use my iPad mini for all computing needs over the next 100 days, documenting my thoughts and findings along the way. I’ll still be using my iPhone 5S on a daily basis, and a horrible PC running Windows 2000 at work, however I’ll be closing the lid on my MacBook Pro and not opening it for a shade over three months.

I’m very curious to see the results.

Three Weeks With Two iPads ➝

Shawn Blanc on the iPad Air and mini keyboards:

I don’t do much typing, but when I do it’s usually via the landscape keyboard on the Air or else the portrait keyboard on the mini. Those are the two more comfortable options for each device. Long-form writing with the on-screen keyboard of the mini would stink. But, since I almost always use a bluetooth keyboard when doing long-form typing, it’s virtually a non-issue for me as to which device’s onscreen keyboard is better.

It’s a little odd that someone who writes for a living would start a sentence with “I don’t do much typing,” but I assume he means typing on the iPad. That aside, the keyboard issue is what has left me hesitant to switch to the iPad mini. I enjoy typing on my first-generation iPad — slow as it may be — and can’t imagine being able to comfortably do so on the smaller screened mini.

If I knew that I could easily write on the iPad mini it would be at the top of my Christmas list, but unfortunately I’m still unconvinced. This leaves me wanting the iPad Air because it’s much more suitable for my needs but it’s a little out of the price range that we set when building our Christmas budget this year.

I really enjoyed this bit from Shawn’s comparison of the two iPads:

So far, the iPad mini seems to be becoming my preferred iPad, but the iPad Air feels like my “real” iPad. Let me try to explain. For my needs, there’s nothing about the iPad mini that makes it less capable in any significant way — I can read and write just fine from the mini. However, the iPad mini has a “feeling” of being less capable simply because of its size.

The underlying theme of the article seems to be that writing on the iPad Air is much better than writing on the iPad mini. If that’s important to you than the iPad Air might be the better bet. However, Shawn explains the decision nicely with “Pick the one you think you want and you will acclimate to it just fine.”

Apple Announces Special Event for October 22 ➝

I’m guessing we’ll see the new Mac Pro, Mavericks, and new iPads.

The iPad mini and the Lack of Retina ➝

Marco Arment on the iPad mini’s lack of Retina display:

Imagine the fallout if a Retina Mini shipped with only three hours of battery life, or was inelegantly thick and heavy. Or, very importantly to the iPad’s market, imagine if its GPUs were slower and it ran existing iPad games extremely poorly. And then add the component-price differences: imagine a Retina iPad Mini that was bulkier, shorter-running, or much slower (or all three) and that started at $399 instead of $329.

That’s why we don’t have a Retina iPad Mini yet. It’s not only about price: it’s because the resulting product would suck in at least two other important ways.

I also believe the lack of Retina display has a lot to do with manufacturing yields. Packing that many pixels into a display that size isn’t easy, and being able to manufacture them at a large enough scale to meet demand is likely something Apple was worried about. But the bottom line is,  if Apple could have released the iPad mini with a Retina display, they would have.