Apple has quietly pulled off the first generation iPad Mini from its Store
Friday marked the departure of the first edition of iPad mini as it had disappeared from the company’s online store altogether. This move marked the farewell to the device that was released back in 2012 and was supposed to be a smaller and less expensive sibling of the original iPad.
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It is to be noted, however, that the recent versions of the iPad mini are still up for grabs. This departure of the original iPad mini was confirmed by an Apple spokesman which in other words means that Apple will now solely manufacture its more recent iOS devices that feature high resolution screens that Apple dubs as Retina displays. The line-up includes iPad Air, iPhones, iPod Touch and Apple’s fling at the smartwatch industry, the Apple Watch.
Retina displays were introduced by Apple several years ago, that gave its iPhones, iPads and Macs an eye-watering super sharp display which made it practically impossible for a human eye to distinguish individual pixels. Back when it was released, the original iPad mini retailed for $399, but according to Apple it was later dropped to $249. The latest iterations of iPad mini, more specifically the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3 are currently selling for $229 and $399 respectively. Jaren Newman of Macworld had the following to say about the original iPad mini, “At more than two and a half years old, the original iPad mini is hardly worth recommending at this point anyway.
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Some Apple observers even think that the discontinued line might prove to carve a way for an upcoming iPad mini line up. We’ll just to have to wait and see what Apple has in store for us.