There has been a visible absence of iPad small leaks and reports leading up to Apple’s October 16th iPad keynote, making some believe that this is completion of the line for the 7-inch tablet. However today, the Japanese blog Macotakara reports that the smaller sized tablet will make an appearance alongside its bigger equivalent at Apple’s press conference on Thursday.
One reason for that absence of iPad mini 3 rumors might be that the upcoming refresh isn’t that interesting. KGI Securities expert Ming-Chi Kuo stated in April that the next-generation iPad mini might only receive a new processor and Touch ID, rather than the iPad Air 2 which is reported to be getting a redesign, its own A8X chip, 2GB of RAM and other noteworthy upgrades.
‘… We previously thought Apple would not release a new version of the iPad mini this year, however we now think Apple will introduce an upgraded version with very same form factor, A8 processor and Touch ID (finger print acknowledgment) to increase shipments of iPad mini with Retina display screen.’
Apple discontinuing the iPad mini also makes sense since the release of the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus makes the smaller sized tablet essentially obsolete, which the iPad Air contributes more to Apple’s sales, as Ming-Chi Kuo pointed out in September.
So does Apple strategy to cease the iPad mini?
No one knows for sure exactly what the future holds for Apple’s 7-inch tablet, but it appears like the iPad mini will be around for a minimum of another year.