Original iPad mini disappears from Apple Stores, resulting iPad lineup is now all 64-bit

Apple seems to have silently discontinued the original iPad mini — originally unveiled in October 2012 — as the tablet is no longer available for purchase through the company’s online store.

The change has compressed the iPad mini lineup to Retina-enable iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3, both of which run Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor, with the iPad mini 3 offering Touch ID and a gold color option. In other words, Apple’s entire iPad lineup—both 7.9 and 9.7-inch variants—is now 64-bit, using either Apple’s A7 or A8X processors and offering and unified Wi-Fi + Cellular models.

Apple still supports the original iPad mini and the device is listed as compatible with the upcoming iOS 9 software update. While the device is no longer available to purchase new from the Apple Store, the refurbished section of the webstore continues to offer good-as-new iPad mini units, starting at $209 for the entry-level Wi-Fi-only model outfitted with sixteen gigabytes of storage.

If you can live with a non-retina display, a 32-bit chipset and don’t mind the low internal storage, you will be able to easily pick up the iPad mini for anywhere between ~$150-200 from Best Buy and other retailers who still have stock of the tablet.

Source: 9to5Mac

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