Apple halts new iPad mini 2 sales, raising entry price barrier on iPads

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in iPad edited March 2017
As a part of its iPad refresh on Tuesday, Apple also halted new sales of the iPad mini 2, a move that raises the price of entering the iPad ecosystem by $60.




The iPad mini 2 originally launched in Nov. 2013 for $399, featuring an A7 processor and the first Retina display on a 7.9-inch tablet. In fact, Apple began by labeling it the "iPad mini with Retina Display," only switching to "iPad mini 2" when the third-generation model arrived a year later.

In keeping the tablet around that year, Apple ensured a low-cost alternative to the 9.7-inch iPad Air line. The company in fact kept the product around through 2015 and 2016, despite it lacking Touch ID and performing increasingly slow relative to newer hardware.

With the iPad mini 4 debut in 2015, the second-generaiton model's price fell to $269 for a 32-gigabyte Wi-Fi model. That made it an ideal first iPad for children, or simply people who wanted a barebones iPad for things like reading, movies, music, or home automation.

Since the iPad mini 4 now starts at $399 for a 128-gigabyte model, the cheapest new iPad is Apple's budget 9.7-inch model, available for $329.

There are still
refurbished iPad mini 2 units on Apple's online store, priced as low as $209 for 16-gigabyte Wi-Fi models -- 32, 64, and 128-gigabyte configurations are also available, as are cellular versions. Stocks, however, will likely run out later this year.

Apple authorized resellers B&H and Adorama also have limited quantities of iPad mini 2 configurations in stock (new in box) with free shipping and no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 15
    Could there be room for a sub $200 iPad mini???? I know it is a stretch but maybe?
  • Reply 2 of 15
    MisterKitMisterKit Posts: 146member
    I have both a wifi and cellular iPad mini 2 and they do not feel like old gear yet. They are quite capable and just right for me.
    lkrupp80s_Apple_GuyGeorgeBMacewtheckman
  • Reply 3 of 15
    Moronic headline. Halts new iPad mini 2 sales. It's the old iPad mini sales they are halting, when you mean "new sales" then don't write "new iPad". Geeeeze.
    slprescottpscooter63
  • Reply 4 of 15
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 3,075member
    MisterKit said:
    I have both a wifi and cellular iPad mini 2 and they do not feel like old gear yet. They are quite capable and just right for me.
    I'm in your boat but with Wi-Fi only and very happy. 32GB. Feels plenty fast and battery life is frankly excellent.

    iOS is lacking in many areas and Apple is stupid with simple things like bluetooth file transfer but the pros far outweigh the cons on this machine.
    GeorgeBMac
  • Reply 5 of 15
    rwesrwes Posts: 155member
    Moronic headline. Halts new iPad mini 2 sales. It's the old iPad mini sales they are halting, when you mean "new sales" then don't write "new iPad". Geeeeze.
    Agree - that threw me for a quick second too actually. :smile:
  • Reply 6 of 15
    What is this article about? It offends every sense of the English language.
  • Reply 7 of 15
    entropysentropys Posts: 1,434member
    The only point to this article is that there is no longer a sub $300 iPad.
    Look on it as a humanitarian gesture to revive or goose sales of android tablets by re-creating a market gap the mini originally choked off, or less charitably, a push to higher margin full size iPads.
    edited March 2017
  • Reply 8 of 15
    iPad mini 2? A7 folks. Just a glorified big iPhone 5s. I used to have a 5s until last December. Man, was it slow with new apps. Apple did you a favor. If you want a bargain iPad, look for close outs. It's not like iPads are still flying off the shelves anyway. 

    The iPad is at the point of saturation. Anyone who really needs a new one will buy the new one for $329. The older ones are going to be pretty slow with current apps that are now 64 bit. The $329 model has an A9 chip, so you will have some longevity in the device rather than buying a device with a processor that's over 3 years old.

    In a device it's important to look at your usage and decide if you need something that needs to be peppy or just enough to get you by for a couple years. 
  • Reply 9 of 15
    $60 price increase? You're lucky, in the UK, the entry price was £239 for iPad Mini 2, now it's £339 for iPad, that's a £100 ($125) increase to the cheapest iPad model. It's a £180 ($225) increase if you were only wanting an iPad Mini as it's top spec or nothing now in that line.
    edited March 2017
  • Reply 10 of 15
    jeromecjeromec Posts: 62member
    Even worse in France.

    Cheapest iPad was iPad mini 32GB for 299€.
    Cheapest iPad is now iPad 32GB for 409€.

    That is a 110€/36% increase :-(
  • Reply 11 of 15
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 3,422member
    Moronic headline. Halts new iPad mini 2 sales. It's the old iPad mini sales they are halting, when you mean "new sales" then don't write "new iPad". Geeeeze.
    Sorry, I disagree:   The headline stated the facts correctly:   Apple will no longer be selling new IPad Mini 2 w/ Retina Display... Your lack of understanding does not make the headline incorrect. 
  • Reply 12 of 15
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 3,422member
    entropys said:
    The only point to this article is that there is no longer a sub $300 iPad.
    Look on it as a humanitarian gesture to revive or goose sales of android tablets by re-creating a market gap the mini originally choked off, or less charitably, a push to higher margin full size iPads.
    It is true that there will no longer be new sub-$300 IPads sold by Apple.

    But, it must be noted that the A7 processor in the Mini 2 is hopelessly outdated.   It is time for Apple to move on.

    But too:  it raises an interesting point because:  the Mini 2 functioned pretty darned well even with that supposedly slow, outdated processor!  I think that poses a dilemma for Apple going forward -- not just for IPads but for all mobile products.   That is:  technology has come along so far that the latest and greatest and fastest aren't that much different from prior years' models in the user's hands.  The actual experience is pretty similar.
  • Reply 13 of 15
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 3,422member
    iPad mini 2? A7 folks. Just a glorified big iPhone 5s. I used to have a 5s until last December. Man, was it slow with new apps. Apple did you a favor. If you want a bargain iPad, look for close outs. It's not like iPads are still flying off the shelves anyway. 

    The iPad is at the point of saturation. Anyone who really needs a new one will buy the new one for $329. The older ones are going to be pretty slow with current apps that are now 64 bit. The $329 model has an A9 chip, so you will have some longevity in the device rather than buying a device with a processor that's over 3 years old.

    In a device it's important to look at your usage and decide if you need something that needs to be peppy or just enough to get you by for a couple years. 
    Actually, the $329 model you mention is a full 9.7" IPad.   The Mini 4 is the only new mini now being sold and it carries an A8 processor -- which is not that much different from the A7 in the now discontinued Mini 2. 

    Curiously though, Apple goosed the minimum storage in the Mini 4 to 128K which raises its price to $399...   Now THERE is a gap!  The IPad Mini was originally the low-cost option.   But why would you make the only option a high level of storage when Apple has always clung desperately to 16Gb models in its mobile lines and only recently started upgrading its base models to 32Gb?

    I think there is more to come on this story...   I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop.  
  • Reply 14 of 15
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 3,422member
    sog35 said:
    entropys said:
    The only point to this article is that there is no longer a sub $300 iPad.
    Look on it as a humanitarian gesture to revive or goose sales of android tablets by re-creating a market gap the mini originally choked off, or less charitably, a push to higher margin full size iPads.
    The new iPad will be $299 or $279 this holiday season.

    Android can have the crappy tablet market. Bottom line is that any Mini that starts at $249 will be crappy and up to Apple's standards. This is the same reason Apple does not sell $250 iPhones.

    I've always thought the Mini was a mistake. All it did was cheapen the iPad brand.
    #1  Apple is positioning the IPad to replace the low-cost tablets...
    #2  The Mini proved to serve a valuable market -- kids.  Kids whose hands are too small for a full sized tablet.   And too, sorry, but Apple will not survive serving only the high end customers...   While their infrastructure prohibits them from competing at the low-end, that still leaves the mid and high end tiers where they excel...
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