Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Apple May Discontinue iPad Mini To Focus On Rumored iPad Pro

Looks like Apple may be planning to discontinue its iPad mini lineup in order to focus on the upcoming larger-screened "iPad Pro," according to reports. According to the reports Apple will cease updating the iPad mini next year, making the new iPad mini 3, released in October. A preference towards larger screen sizes, the introduction of the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 Plus, declining iPad sales, and is a fierce competition in the tablet market are said to have led to Apple's alleged decision to discontinue the tablet. Apple has been known to pull resources away from products that are not selling well. For example, Apple has been investing fewer resources in the iPod touch, a device that no longer receives regular updates. The 5th generation iPod touch was released in 2012 and while the device received a major update at that time, only a few changes have been made since then, tweaking storage capacities and prices. It's possible the iPad mini could go the way of the iPod touch, remaining in the product lineup but receiving few updates.  The "iPad Pro" is rumored to have a screen size between 12.2 and 12.9 inches. It's said to be slightly thicker than the iPad Air 2, coming in at around 7mm, and it may have stereo speakers and an ultra HD display. A release date for the iPad Pro remains unclear, as Apple was said to be targeting an early 2015 launch but pushed back production in order to focus on the iPhone 6 Plus. Below is concept art of the iPad pro. 

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