We’ve been reporting plenty about the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but so far there’s been next to nothing about the next-generation iPad Air, which most people are expecting this fall alongside a new iPad mini.
According to a new report, there’s a very good reason for that: The iPad Air 3 has been delayed until next year so that Apple’s manufacturers can instead focus on preparing the iPad Pro instead.
Liaoxian Li, an investment advisor at Fubon Hardware, says that the iPad Air 3 will arrive in 2016, and that Apple will unveil the iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro at its now-traditional iPad event in the fall. In addition, it is suggested that this will be the last iPad mini Apple releases, so that it can focus on the two larger-size iPads in future.
It’s an interesting idea, but it’s worth noting that Economic Daily News doesn’t always have the best record for Apple news. Certainly last year’s iPad mini appeared as a bit of an afterthought, simply adding Touch ID and nothing else of note, although possible leaks of the iPad mini 4 have shown a more comprehensive redesign.
With Apple having enormous success with the larger-size iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, it makes sense that the 7.9-inch iPad mini would be squeezed more than most due to a lack of differentiation.
If Apple does indeed release a larger-size iPad as many are anticipating, do you think Apple should scrap the mini altogether? Leave your thoughts below.