Is Apple going to ditch the iPad mini?

According to DigiTimes, "The upstream supply chain's shipments for Apple's new 10.5-inch iPad Pro have been increasing recently and the device's monthly shipment volume is expected to grow to 600,000 units in July, up from around 500,000 units now, helping its annual shipments to reach five million units in 2017, according to some market watchers".

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be seeing more than software announcements as reports have surfaced that new MacBooks will be revealed at the event. But Macs are key to retaining the business of loyalists and the creative industries - the cornerstone of Apple's resurgence at the turn of the millennium under Steve Jobs.

Microsoft's latest hardware offering has a massive record of boot-up time in seconds, not to mention it has been widely lauded for its solid touch screen capability and a more stable Windows. But some observers say that for awhile, Apple has not given its iPad line the attention and drama the iPhone models get.

The iPad mini was lauched in 2012, and was expected to fend off competition from Google Nexus and Amazon Kindle Fire. A new MacBook Pro will sport Intel's Kaby Lake processor, an upgrade over the current Skylake-based models.

From the perspective of stockholders, it shouldn't matter if Apple grows iPad revenue through unit growth or through average selling price growth, as long as Apple can get its iPad business back to revenue growth after multiple quarters of year-over-year declines.

It has been nearly seven years since Apple last redesigned the MacBook Air.

Last fall, Apple launched new MacBook Pros with a touchscreen integrated into the keyboard.

Finally, Apple may update its least expensive laptop, the MacBook Air, with a new processor as well.

In Apple's most recent fiscal year - that is, fiscal year 2016 - Apple shipped 45.59 million iPads, down approximately 17% from the almost 55 million that the company shipped in the year prior.

Apple has not updated its very own MacBook Air since March of 2015. This tweak to Apple's mobile operating system formats storage differently to older tech, supporting different file structures and organises data differently. Market watchers expect the annual shipment to surpass five million units this year.

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