Apple has apparently stopped selling its original iPad Mini tablet. As spotted by 9to5Mac, the tech giant has quietly taken out the device from its online store. Also, as seen on the comparison chart, the iPad Mini has also been removed, leaving only the iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini 3, as well as the iPad Air and iPad Air 2 as the remaining options for interested buyers.
It was bound to happen sooner or later. Launched back in 2012, the iPad Mini was the first 7.9 inch iPad tablet produced by Apple, and utilized the original iPad resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels. While the iPad Mini offered a display resolution that is packed with more pixels per inch, it was not considered eligible for Apple's super dense Retina display title.
In terms of processing, the iPad Mini was only powered by A5. Compared to the iPad Mini 2's hardware specifications (Retina display screen with 326 pixels per inch and a more powerful processor), that is not much. But for some, it does offer a more affordable price, coming in at $249, which is $50 less than the next cheapest iPad. This means that the most accessible item now in the iPad line of tablets price-wise is at $299.
Despite being considered a bit old (by Apple's standards), the iPad Mini can still attract new owners. This now begs the question: where can people buy it if they decide to get one instead of the newer iPad models? The iPad Mini is still available in the refurbished section of the store as of the moment. Furthermore, certain third party resellers may still have the tablet in their inventory.
As for those who already own iPad Mini tablets, even though Apple has removed it from the Apple Store, it does not mean people can forget about its existence. As a matter of fact, the iPhone maker has revealed that the iPad Mini will be included in the list of mobile devices that will still be compatible with iOS 9, which is scheduled to be launched some time this fall with a new set of enhancements.
There was a time when the iPad Mini was considered the most popular tablet made by Apple. At one point, about 60 percent of iPad shipments worldwide consisted of iPad Minis. This year, however, the model saw a decline in sales and market share. During the first quarter of 2015, the iPad Mini only managed a barely 17 percent share in iPad shipments across the globe.
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