As you might have heard by now, Apple has launched a new 9.7-inch iPad model, and while it was not announced, it has been noticed that in the process of launching a new iPad, Apple has also discontinued the iPad mini 2. Given that the tablet was launched back in 2013, we guess it’s safe to say that it has been a long time coming.

For those unfamiliar, the iPad mini 2 was the first iPad mini to sport a Retina display, something that users lamented was not on the original iPad. However there were some who felt that Apple had started to neglect the iPad mini lineup in the recent years as there haven’t been any particular upgrades that were significant, save for the iPad mini 3 which introduced Touch ID.

At the moment if the iPad mini is still a size that you believe makes for a perfect tablet, the iPad mini 4 is the only model that’s currently available for purchase. It is unclear as to what the future will be for the “mini” lineup, although recent rumors have suggested that we might be getting an iPad mini Pro, which presumably will share similar features of the other Pro tablets but in a smaller form factor.

In any case we might know more come April when Apple is rumored to announce brand new iPad models (as opposed to just refreshes), so check back with us then for the details.

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