It has been previously reported that Apple silently discontinued the iPod Classic series last September. To keep up with the current trend, Apple decided to upgrade their 4-inch flagship and released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that measures 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch, respectively. Now, Apple seems to be planning to drop another popular tablet series.
According to supply chain sources that was cited by the Taiwanese media, Apple may be planning to discontinue the production of its 7.9-inch iPad Mini series and will be replaced by the larger and education-focused iPad Pro.
This is probably due to the dwindling sales figures of the said series. If we remember, when iPad Mini 3 was launched (along with the iPad Air 2), we noticed that there were no improvements except for the addition of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Practically, it's nearly identical to its predecessor, the iPad Mini 2. With the current situation, it seems like Apple would switch gears and focused instead on the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro is set to compete with Microsoft's Surface Pro 3's market.
Rumors suggested that the iPad Pro will look like a jumbo iPad 2 but won't be as slim as the iPad Air 2 (measuring 6.1mm). Moreover, it will be as thin as an iPhone 6. So given that statement, it's safe to assume that it will measure between 6.9mm (size of iPhone 6) and 7.1 mm (iPhone 6 Pro's).
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