The iPad Mini line might soon be no more.
The last iPad Mini, the iPad Mini 4, was announced along with the iPad Pro in late 2015. And then, this spring, Apple upgraded it slightly with increased storage. That means we are way over due for a refresh. So, will Apple use its upcoming WWDC conference to announce an iPad Mini 5? Nope, according to anonymous BGR source, which claimed Apple plans to "phase out" or "discontinue" the compact tablet.
The report suggested that iPad Mini has been "sized out of its own category", likely thanks to the iPhone 7 Plus. Most people don't want to spend their money on an new entry-level iPad when they can just get a larger iPhone, it seems. But that's not just speculation. Apparently, the sales numbers are “very clear” - and the primary reason why the company plans to "eliminate" the iPad Mini.
Keep in mind none of this information is confirmed. Also, other reports have indicated Apple plans to introduce a 10.5-inch iPad while keeping both its 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch tablets. Doing so could make the 7.9-inch tablet even more obsolete. We've of course contacted the company for a comment and will update if we hear more. We might even learn more at WWDC 2017 next month.
Check out Pocket-lint's WWDC 2017 guide for more details about what to expect from the conference.