Apple has stopped selling the original iPad mini, removing the particularly old hardware from its iPad lineup and standardizing the remaining models around Retina displays and 64-bit processors. The original iPad mini was announced in October of 2012, and at the time it already had year-old hardware. Now, no available iPad has a processor introduced more than two years ago, which means developers will be able to make apps that really take advantage of the latest models without worrying that some people will still be buying tablets that can't run their software. At this point, the original mini doesn't run all that well, so it's not a huge surprise to see it go.
It's been nearly five years since the first Retina iOS device
An Apple spokesperson confirmed the discontinuation. "The non-retina iPad mini model is no longer available," an Apple spokesperson writes in an email to The Verge. "Now all models of iPad mini and iPad Air have 64-bit Apple-designed CPUs and high-resolution Retina displays."
The iPad mini's disappearance from Apple's online store was first spotted this morning by 9to5Mac. Refurbished models are still available to purchase, but only new models of the iPad Air and Air 2, and mini 3 and mini 2 are still available. The original iPad mini's discontinuation notably removes the final non-Retina display from Apple's iOS lineup. Some Macs are still sold without Retina displays, but they all have successors, so they're on their way toward being phased out. Apple was one of the first companies to be aggressive about moving over to high-resolution displays, but it's been surprising how long it's taken to shift over to them entirely.
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Update June 19th, 11:40AM ET: This story has been updated to include comment from Apple.