My Dilemma: iPad mini 5 or 7th Gen iPad?

· John Martellaro · Editorial

John was all set to replace his iPad mini 3 with an iPad mini 5. Then Apple announced the low cost, 7th generation iPad for $329. Will he shift gears?

iPad Mini – What A Difference A Month Makes

· Frank Cioffi · Editorial

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What’s fascinating to Frank Cioffi is how quickly sentiment towards the iPad Mini’s viability changed in the weeks since the refresh appeared.

iPad mini: Powerful Hardware in the Same Package

· Andrew Orr · Link

Some of the first iPad mini reviews are coming out, and so far it sounds like Matthew Panzarino is happy with it.

I include that context here because, though the iPad Pro is a whole ass computer and really capable, it is not exactly ‘fun’ to use in non standard ways. That’s where the iPad mini has always shined and continues to do so. It really is pocketable in a loose jacket or coat. Because the mini is not heavy, it exercises little of the constant torsion and strain on your wrist that a larger iPad does, making it one-handed.

 

New Report Says iPad mini to be Discontinued Soon

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple discontinues iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2

A new report backs up what we’ve been saying since March: the iPad mini is a dead man walking. The iPhone 7 Plus has apparently usurped the iPad mini’s place in Apple’s tablet lineup, but there isn’t any word yet on when it’ll be retired.

iPad mini on Life Support, Michael Lombardo at Apple - TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-16

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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A new report is in line with our belief that the iPad mini is in its final days. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the pending demise of Apple’s smallest iPad model, and on the company’s tablet strategy in general. They also look at what Michael Lombardo potentially joining the company could mean for its original TV show and movie plans.

Apple's New iPad, Extortionists Threaten iCloud - TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-22

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple introduced a new iPad and updated the iPhone SE yesterday, and today is dealing with hackers threatening to trash millions of iCloud accounts. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to look at Apple’s latest gear and lament the slow demise of the iPad mini, and to talk about how trying to extort money out of the company is a pretty bad idea.

Why the iPad mini is On Its Deathbed

· John Martellaro · Editorial

iPad mini: R.I.P.

A long time ago in this galaxy, Steve Jobs thought the 7-inch class iPad would be a bad idea. There wouldn’t be enough room to create great apps, he said.  The rest of the tablet market jumped in anyway, and Apple just had to follow. Think education. But Mr. Jobs was right. The 7.9-inch experience wasn’t that great for anything but iOS. Phablets arrived. And so, John ponders the demise of Apple’s iPad mini.

Farewell iPad Air, iPad mini 2

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple discontinues iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2

Apple introduced the new 9.7-inch iPad on Tuesday, and quietly discontinued the iPad Air 2 along with the iPad mini 2. The new iPad replaces the Air 2 and offers a newer processor along with lower pricing.

Apple Drops Prices, Bumps Storage on iPad Line

· Jeff Gamet · News

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The iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 were in the spotlight Wednesday morning, Apple quietly lowered the prices on the iPad lineup while bumping up storage. The 16GB storage option is gone and a 256GB option is available, just like the iPhone 7.