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Introduced in October 2012, the original iPad mini is no longer available to purchase from Apple’s brick-and-mortar stores and has been pulled from the Apple Online Store as well, as first discovered by 9to5Mac. Another indication that the Cupertino firm no longer intends to carry the device: the iPad mini product pages have vanished from its web site, too.

The change has compressed the iPad mini lineup to Retina-enable iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3, both of which run Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor, with the iPad mini 3 offering Touch ID and a gold color option. In other words, Apple’s entire iPad lineup—both 7.9 and 9.7-inch variants—is now 64-bit, using either Apple’s A7 or A8X processors and offering and unified Wi-Fi + Cellular models.

Apple still supports the original iPad mini and the device is listed as compatible with the upcoming iOS 9 software update. While the device is no longer available to purchase new from the Apple Store, the refurbished section of the webstore continues to offer good-as-new iPad mini units, starting at $209 for the entry-level Wi-Fi-only model outfitted with sixteen gigabytes of storage.

Source: 9to5Mac

  • Andy

    They should have done that when the iPad mini 3 was announced. But they probably wanted to get rid of some stock before removing it from sale. Now the only remaining A5 devices on sale are the iPod touch 5th gen and Apple TV 3rd gen.

    By the way, the refurbished section on Apple’s site is a great way to get an iPad if you don’t mind that the box is different (it says the item is Refurbished).

  • leart

    my mini 1 rocks still on its first firmware, 6.1.3 🙂

    • Alejandro Delgado

      My mini is rocking iOS9 beta1 LOL. it’s had a nice couple ‘a years with me. Never one complaint.

      • Slifur

        How does it run with ios 9 compared to ios 8? Battery life and smoothness?

      • Alejandro Delgado

        The app drawer and most animations in general seem to be a little faster than before. In terms of usability, sometimes it lags when i touch the app drawer to return to the home screen and such, to the point of having to reboot one time because i couldnt get to the home screen by tapping or home button. Siri is really lagging this time around, becoming almost unusable. And to finish, power on time is AWFUL. 1:23 seconds. ONE AND A HALF FRIGGIN MINUTES to power on? This never happened before lol. But wth, it still works and gets the job done im sticking with it until it ultimately fails.

      • Slifur

        What?!?! 1:23?! That’s too much! Well happy my 4s still ios 7.1.2. I hope they fix this bugs to final released of ios 9.

      • Alejandro Delgado

        Oh and battery life seems about the same 🙂 maybe a tiny bit less, but i dont complaint

      • leart

        yeah, so far looks like it has great quality build. doubt that you don’t want to downgrade at least to ios 7 🙂