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Apple is dropping iPad mini development in order to focus its efforts on the so-called ‘iPad Pro,’ according to a sketchy new report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News this evening. The site claims that this year’s iPad mini 3 model will be the last for the 7.9-inch tablet line.

Such a move wouldn’t be surprising, as Apple gave little attention to the smaller iPad at last month’s event. It’s believed that the mini is far less popular than its larger sibling in terms of sales, and due to production costs and pricing, it provides much smaller profit margins.

There seems to be a general move toward larger screen sizes in mobile devices, and the recent release of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus makes the 7.9-inch iPad mini a bit less necessary. This also wouldn’t be the first time Apple discontinued work on a product line (see iPhone 5c).

Again, this is all speculation at this point, as Economic Daily News has a shaky track record. Like the oft-criticized site Taiwanese Digitimes, it seems to have some credible supply chain sources, but its penchant for publishing rumors with little context causes frequent inaccuracies.

As for the iPad Pro, Japanese site Macotakara offered up some new details for the tablet over the weekend. It claims that the device will house a 12.2-inch display, be as thin as an iPhone 6, feature dual stereo speakers, and be aimed at Microsoft’s Surface and similar devices.

The most recent rumors say Apple is hoping to launch the iPad Pro in early 2015.

[Economic Daily News via MacRumors]

  • Ivan Diardo 

    Sounds about right! Why didn’t Apple think of this before? 😀

    • Rowan09

      I agree the Mini is for kids if anything, I tried getting it for my wife and she laughed at me. I’ll be getting her the Air 2 real soon.

      • Ivan Diardo 

        Hahahaha. xD

      • @dongiuj

        Are you sure that laughing at you was anything to do with the iPad mini? (^∇^)

      • Rowan09

        Haha good one, but she married me.

      • @dongiuj
      • Rowan09

        Touché my friend you win this round.

      • GoodGrief

        wow. sounds like a real keeper.

      • Rowan09

        Oh she definitely is the best wife ever. (P.S. You might be on here somewhere). Just kidding. I love my wife though and she’s amazing. She bought me a MacBook Pro so I could start doing IOS development because I thought it was just too much money.

  • Virus

    iPad Mini is so pointless you’re better off getting an iPhone 6 plus

    • iPad mini is the best size for an iPad. A lot of people prefer it over the regular size. The pro will be expensive only because its bigger.. It won’t feel as much though. The tablet was meant to be portable and I feel as thought mini hit it on the T with portability and functionality. The 9.7 inch screen is just too big. Same as the 6 Plus. People still want devices with smaller displays and it would be a shame if they discontinue the 4 inch and 7.9 inch devices..

      • Gary LE

        Got that right.

        The mini can be used comfortably laying down since it is not that heavy holding it up, can be carried around swiftly, more surface area to view than any iphone, no squinting viewing desktop sites, ppi is moredense than air 2, also cheaper than air 2.

  • rockdude094

    I hope it also runs something more sophisticated than just a bigger version of the iOS software.

    • Rowan09

      If it’s meant to go at the Surface Pro then I would assume it would be more.

      • JayDee917

        Hopefully running OS X

      • Mozaik

        Nah

  • ishyg

    “It’s believed that the mini is far less popular than its larger sibling in terms of sales, and due to production costs and pricing, it provides much smaller profit margins.”

    So Jobs is right about this one, at least on Apple’s perspective.

    Still, I like my mini, and I hope they still support it.

    • Rowan09

      He’s right period 7″ tablets are just not that popular and the Mini is more of a 8″ than 7.

  • GuyWithTheThings

    I was going to get a Mini. However, I’m gonna upgrade to the 6S Plus when it comes out. By then I’ll have my Air 2.

  • Jason Baroni

    I will laugh if this iPad will be called the iPad Plus.

    • Jonathan

      Don’t hold your breathe.

      • @dongiuj

        He won’t. He said he will laugh…

  • Blip dude

    No surprise there, though now the lack of updates for the iPad Mini 3 now seem to somewhat backup this claim, or maybe I’m just reading too much into this.

  • Dani Hayes

    Makes sense because they have absolutely destroyed the “mini” tablet market for competitors. I cannot even remember the last time I saw anyone with an android tablet that was around the same sizes. Larger tablets are becoming more common and Apple has been playing catch up with device sizes.

  • Darryll4sh0

    I love my iPad mini, it’s my most versatile device between my MBP and IP6. As a college student I use it to read books, pdf, take notes, view movies, typing, and web browsing. I’ll be very happy if they just upgrade the processor every year.

  • ClaudieX X

    Its all about knowing what you’re doing… I do with mi iPad Mini what most people can’t with their PC.

    • @dongiuj

      What, like putting it in your pocket?

      • Haha xD

      • ClaudieX X

        XD XD XD XD XD

      • o.0

      • ClaudieX X

        0.o

      • ClaudieX X

        You can aireado do that with a Sony Vaio P or a Tango super PC… So…You are not so up to date… don’t you?

      • @dongiuj

        And where do you plan on putting the screen, keyboard, mouse and speakers for the Tango Super? Where the Sun doesn’t shine, perhaps?
        As for the Vaio…..well it’s a girls thing, isn’t it? For girls that want to sound like they’re up to date but haven’t got a clue and stick it their handbags, I would imagine.

      • ClaudieX X

        Ohhh a googler… Hahaha… Ok Vaio are for girls… Chat is over.

      • @dongiuj

        Well and truly, 3 hours ago after your original comment.

      • ClaudieX X

        Vaio are for girls… Chat is over…

      • @dongiuj

        Echo, echo

      • ClaudieX X

        Girly Vaio boyyyy…

      • @dongiuj

        “Girly Vaio boyyy…” Really? Is that the best you can come up with? See ya.

      • ClaudieX X

        Another too much free time boy… sorry… GIRLY Vaio boyy…

  • MacGuru17

    Well, if it’s true, this sucks. I am a small person and the iPad mini fits me perfectly. I have an iPhone 6 because a 6 Plus is too big for me, so i have a valid reason to own both, and I’m sure plenty of other people do too. Plus, the mini’s just kind of adorable.

  • Scope

    Such snobbery on this page. The mini is not for kids. In fact the Mini is the perfect size for students. It supplements as a good reading tool for lectures and tutorials much better and time effecient than a laptop and the iPad is too big

    • Uhm, shouldn’t you be taking notes during a lecture/tutorial?

      • James

        ….You must be 15.

      • No old man, I’ve been through University and through out my studies, 99.99% of the time students are taking notes in a lecture/tutorial (or chatting with their friends sitting besides them)…we did used to have some in-class reading once in a blue-moon. iPads were used mainly outside class when doing assignments.

      • ClaudieX X

        Naaaa he is just inmature….

      • Says the one making claims with nothing conventional to back them up…

      • ClaudieX X

        So… Inmature and brainless

      • Thanks for proving my point…

      • ClaudieX X

        Inmature, brainless and Too much free time person..

      • xSeriouSx

        What he probably meant isn’t reading, but more like referencing for doing in-class problems…the iPad makes sense in such scenario, if your textbook is available as a PDF.

    • Blip dude

      In no way is the Mini for kids, but in my personal experience, the Mini was not the perfect size for me as a college student. The screen of the 9.7 inch iPad allowed me to do more with school work and the screen isn’t that much smaller than most textbooks. I can also agree though that both iPads are much efficient than carrying a laptop if an all that is being done is reading, writing, and accessing school essentials online.

  • Ian Leon

    Fine by me

  • @dongiuj

    Here today, gone tomorrow.

  • Makes perfect sense, they’ve realized Phablets work great as mini tablets…

    • @dongiuj

      Finally.

    • They will blame the decline in the minis’ sales due to low demand. Low demand will be blamed on lack of upgrades in the 3rd gen version. In my opinion less people will want the bigger 12.2 or 12.9 tablet. I barely see any Samsung 12in pro tablets assuming because they are literally to big..

      • I see Surface Pro 3’s in the work force and on buses. People didn’t want the Samsung 12in Pro ’cause it’s literally a ripoff. Priced the same as a Surface Pro, yet won’t do 1/10th of what the Surface Pro 3 does.

        Regardless, even if the iPad Pro is just a bigger screen like the Tab 12in Pro, it will sell like crazy…I have faith in the Apple marketing when it comes to selling rip-off products.

      • LOL. I really doubt that a Bigger 12inch iPad will sell more then the Mini ever sold. It will be a shame if this is true. The minis size is literally perfect. not to small and not too big. If it were the first size and then apple introduced the 9.7 it too would sell less.

      • Rowan09

        The iPad Pro will be for a specialized group like the Surface Pro, not a typical consumer device (just my opinion).

      • I really hope you’re right.

      • n0ahcruz3

        If this happens i’ll be one of the early adopters.

      • @dongiuj

        Point! Or for people who love their iPads and want even bigger screens do things on.

      • Blip dude

        Personally, as someone who had a Mini, I REALLY didn’t enjoy the screen size at all. Too big to be a phone, too small in terms of what I was looking for in a Tablet. While I can’t always carry my iPad on certain occasions, this is where the iPhone 6 plus comes into play (I will personally wait for the next gen). Now with the iPad Air 2, not only do I use it for media consumption, but I am happy with that fact that I can read textbooks on a Tablet that is not much smaller than standard textbooks, and I know these 2GB will come in handy in the future. I am so looking forward to iOS 8.2 (and perhaps 8.3) because I do have a small feeling that Apple might finally the OS for iPad only features. We’ll just have to wait and see!!!

      • Yes the 6 plus and the iPad pro will definitely be fore the same group.. Im just hoping they don’t leave out the people who still want 3.5 and 4 in and 7.9 inch apple devices… Bigger is not “always” better.

      • Blip dude

        I can agree with that. Although the Mini just wasn’t for me, I know there are many types of people who would pick the Mini over the Air (and definitely won’t look at the pro). As a matter of fact, we recently got a mini for my brother (unlike me, he really didn’t want the Air), and enjoys it.

        I hope they will continue to update it at least once more and at least upgrade the processor and RAM. IMO Time, and the wallets of the people will tell and determine the Mini’s future.

      • Thats true, I just traded my sisters 1st gen mini for the 2nd gen. The sales woman at the Apple store mentioned that I should get the 3rd gen instead. I kindly let her know that paying a $100 more for a sole difference of a touch ID sensor is and never will be worth it. She insisted there were other differences but could only find the Apple Sim to be another one. Seriously? what do they tell those guys? They know nothing except push and mislead. If they gave the mini the same upgrades as the Air 2 it too would sell more than the bigger version. They are attempting to kill it off.

      • @dongiuj

        I want one of them there big tabby thingamajigs!

      • I hope the bigger version won’t have a rear facing camera so people don’t look like idiots..

    • Rowan09

      To be honest they really don’t. Nothing can make up for screen real estate and that’s why (my opinion) the Surface Pro 3 increased in size.

    • Cameron

      I returned my plus for the regular 6 because it was a pain to use one handed and a pain to have it in the pocket, I got the iPad mini last year and use it when I do need the extra real estate + the Smart Cover stand. (Viewing slides mainly and games). The iPad mini goes in my bag. The iPad air would be a little annoying to handle however no wear near as bad as phablets are for a pocketing device. As much as how close the screen size between a phablet and a small tablet goes, they aren’t the same at all, especially for men who pockets their devices. Hybrids don’t work for a lot people, they are better off paying for two devices if they could afford it.

  • Slifur

    Why? I really like my iPad mini! It’s the perfect size for me reading and watching clips on the couch. iMac, when I do photo editing and online gaming(bootcamp). And iPhone 5S when im about to sleep and still want to browse the web. I also want to upgrade to iPhone 6 but I still dont have enough money cos I buy phones without contract. So iPhone 5S, iPad mini and iMac is my combo, so please apple dont leave iPad mini behind.

  • n0ahcruz3

    This will be my first tablet if it runs ios and osx or something. iPhone 6+ my phone and media consumption and iPad pro as workhorse/productivity/media consumption. If its just a larger ipad then.. nevermind lol

  • Richard Gomez

    I believe that the mini is the perfect size and even though i have the 6plus and i still use the mini a lot since i have it with a keyboard folio i tried to use the ipad air and imo i find it uncomfortable to carry what i liked with the mini 2 and the first air was that it had the same specs so i loved the mini. I cant see me getting rid of the mini because i have the 6 plus. On terms of the Pro i believe it will be a great device and all but i dont think the mini will die i think the Pro will be eliminating the Air