Apple is damned if it does and damned if it doesn't. I've stopped taking any notice whatsoever of what these so-called "analysts" spew forth. Viewing entrails would probably be more accurate. "...a bunch of mindless jerks...", to quote the late Douglas Adams. Or a bunch of paid shills.
I liked the iPad Mini, but when it came time to actually get one, I went with the 4th Gen iPad with LTE/GPS instead. As I use the iPad (and its iPad1 predecessor) largely for web browsing (at the moment), I found the Mini, great though it is, to be a bit constraining. That's my own preference, and I haven't regretted my choice. If someone upped and gave me a Mini I wouldn't say no, though
The new iPad is super cool, in my opinion.
(Hmmm...As an aside, I just caught the auto-corruptor "correcting" "its" (wrongly inserting an apostrophe). What _ing illiterate
programmed the so-called "auto-corrector"? No wonder people have trouble with apostrophes.)