2014’s iPad Mini debuted with a lot of yawns as the upgrade was very minimal from 2013’s unit. Even though most agreed that the iPad Mini 3 was an okay tablet, critics such as Dieter Bohn from The Verge slammed Apple for not caring enough to give the iPad mini more of an upgrade.
“It’s a disappointment, and not because Apple released an average tablet instead of the miniaturized super tablet I’d been hoping for. No, it’s a disappointment because for the past year there was one ‘best’ tablet, the iPad, and you could pick the smaller one if you wanted. This year bigger, it seems, is better again.”
Well, it appears that Apple may have learned its lesson and is preparing to launch the iPad mini 4 during the second quarter of 2015. Orginally reported by Macworld, the iPad mini 4 will be a significant improvement over its predecessor. The new iPad mini is said to have the same Apple A8X processor as the iPad Air 2. Instead of waiting until October to release a new iPad, Apple will allegedly be aggressive and go against its own release pattern in order to get the iPad mini 4 to the market.
Apple is expected to launch the iPad mini 4 around the same time they launch the iPad Pro, a larger tablet that Gizmodo claims will have a very special addition.
“Apple already has patents for its own stylus, and a bigger iPad wouldn’t interest the average user anyway, who would most likely stick with an iPad Air or Mini. Instead, the big iPad will be marketed toward creatives and artists who need the pen to do their tablet-based artwork.”
Apple is looking to give its line of tablets a major push after sales have decreased, leading some on the industry to wonder if the iPad is still relevant. According to Wired, Apple’s Tim Cook tries to blame lower sales on something completely different.
“In the earnings call, CEO Tim Cook attributed the apparent drop in iPad sales to two reasons: First, a reduction in channel inventory this year compared to an increase in channel inventory last year. Second, the holiday quarter last year ended with a backlog of iPad mini sales. This year, there was a supply and demand balance.”
The Inquisitr has noted recently that iPad sales may be slowing down because of the iPhone 6 Plus. People are also buying hybrid tablets such as the Surface Pro 3, which is both a powerful tablet and laptop. Would you still buy an iPad mini or any tablet in particular? Tell us in the comments section.