Amid rumors of a 12-inch iPad Plus making a debut this year, a new Digitimes report has claimed that the Apple may retire its iPad Mini lineup this year. Apple supply chain makers have allegedly not received any new orders for the fourth generation iPad Mini models, possibly hinting at the end of the road for the model.
Although the idea may seem a bit unbelievable but it could actually be accurate as similar rumors had surfaced late last year as well, soon after Apple announced the iPad Mini 3. What also adds credibility to the reports is the fact that Apple did not introduce any significant change in the iPad Mini 3 last year expect for adding the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The internals of the iPad Mini 3 were left pretty much unchanged over the iPad Mini 2.
Apple iPad sales in general have been slowing down in the recent past and it is believed that the sales of the iPad Mini have been the worst affected, thanks to the iPhone 6 Plus phablet eating into the iPad Mini sales. This could be one of the reasons why Apple may consider dropping the iPad line this year, if that’s what the company is really aiming to do. On the other hand, it could also be possible that Apple will not be releasing any new iPad Mini model this year but will not kill the line entirely. Instead, we could see the iPad Mini 3 successor being launched in 2016.
Via: The Motley Fool