Apple will discontinue its iPad mini range in 2015 and replace it with its much–touted, large-screen iPad Pro.
That’s the word from Economic Daily News in Taiwan, an outlet known for its close links to supply chain sources and dissemination of somewhat questionable Apple gossip.
Apple updated its iPad range last month. And while the new iPad Air 2 features an updated A8X processor, tweaked camera, Touch ID security and new look design, the iPad mini 3’s only change from 2013’s edition was the inclusion of the aforementioned fingerprint scanner.
That’s led some to claim that Apple is looking to kill off its iPad mini range.
iPad sales have declined dramatically in 2014 and while the company doesn’t breakdown sales figures, it is thought the smaller iPad is the model which is suffering the most.
The Economic Daily News suggests Apple wants to focus on larger screen models. The iPad Pro is rumoured to feature a 12.2–inch screen and pack dual microphone and speaker outlets.
It also claims the release of the iPhone 6 Plus, with a 5.5–inch screen, has left Apple wondering whether a 7.9–inch tablet is worth keeping in its lineup.
While such chatter should always be treated with caution, Apple does have a history of not updating products it no longer considers worthy of too much attention. The iPod range has suffered this fate in recent years.