While most of Apple’s product lineup has been updated in the last 12 months, there is one device that has languished without an update for a while. We are, of course, talking about the poor iPad mini. Last updated two years ago, the mini is starting to look a bit old, and if the new leaks are to be believed, it may even be approaching retirement age.
A new report suggests that the iPad mini could soon be replaced by the so-called iPhone Flip, Apple’s much-rumored foldable iPhone. Considered a smartphone / tablet, it makes sense that the new device could usurp the little tablet, but if true, we will certainly be sad to say goodbye to one of our favorite drawing tablets.
According to MyDrivers (as discovered by PocketNow), Apple plans to ditch the iPad mini in favor of the iPhone Flip as soon as 2022 or 2023. Rumored to feature a larger screen than the iPad mini in a smaller body (when folded), the The new device should offer a double whammy for creatives on the go: a larger digital canvas in a more portable package.
And since the foldable iPhone is rumored to feature Apple Pencil support, it certainly sounds like an amazing device for digital artists. A tiny device that can be unfolded to reveal a large screen to draw on whenever inspiration strikes sounds like a winner to us.
That said, we will be saddened to see the iPad mini go away. The tiny tablet certainly has its place, even if it doesn’t currently pick up the same contemporary edge-to-edge design as its bigger siblings, the iPad Air 4 Y IPad Pro 2020. (If you’re in the mood for a tablet with the super sleek new design, check out our best iPad deals.)
Plus, we’ve seen some brilliant iPad mini future concepts in the past 12 months, proving that there might still be some life left in Apple’s smaller iPad. From this iPad Pro-inspired design to a far more fanciful concept with under-display Touch ID, there are clearly plenty of ways Apple could tweak the mini to keep it on the run.
Still, since the iPhone Flip isn’t said to arrive for at least a year, we’d say the iPad mini is safe, for now. And hey, maybe it will even get a much-anticipated update at Apple’s rumored event next month. If you don’t feel like waiting to find out, check out our best iPad deals below (and head over to our main Apple deals page for more great deals).