Apple has quietly removed the original iPad mini from each its web site and the Apple Store.
Launched in October 2012, the 1st iPad mini established the industrial design that was subsequently used within the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3, as well as the larger however otherwise nearly similar iPad Air and iPad Air 2. Apple notably continued to promote the 16GB iPad mini as an entry-level model alongside two of its sequels, dropping its worth to $299 in October 2013, then $249 in October 2014. In recent months, falling street prices for other models made the classic mini a harder sell.
It was the last iOS device Apple still bought without a Retina display – its panel is simply 1024 x 768 or 163 ppi . It is additionally the last iPad running on 32-bit structure, so developers ought to at least have a bit of an easier time working across units.
“The non-retina iPad mini model is not out the re,” an Apple spokesperson confirmed in an e-mail. “Now all models of iPad Air and iPad mini have 64-bit Apple-designed CPUs and high-resolution Retina displays.”