Apple finally drops new sales of original iPad mini
Apple’s iPad mini has been nothing if not a trooper. The tablet launched nearly three years ago, and despite the arrival of not one, but two follow-up models, Apple had continued to make the original mini available to shoppers – that would be like if the iPhone 5 were still part of Apple’s lineup. At some point, however, we need to do out with the old to make room for the new, and today we see the first step towards pruning down the company’s tablet family, as Apple puts an end to sales of new iPad mini tablets.
Beyond disappearing from Apple’s website, the first-gen mini is reportedly also no longer available from the Apple Store. The second-gen mini is still around, and Apple will also continue to sell refurbished first-gen minis, but for brand-new units you’ll have to turn to other retailers – while you can.
This also means that Apple’s complete lineup of devices can finally be said to offer Retina-quality displays, as the iPad mini’s 1024 x 768 163ppi panel was the last holdout from the low(er)-res days.
We’ll be sad to see the tablet go, as it opened the door on a new form factor for iOS models, and especially before we had things like the iPhone 6 Plus, there was a big gap in there, size-wise. But with more capable, newer editions now available, at least the tablet’s legacy shall live on.