While I was complimentary of Apple’s new iPad Pro and iPad Mini when they released Monday, I certainly wouldn’t call them Earth-shattering new devices. They weren’t meant to be. They are the middle-tier of the lineup and that’s not something you usually get very excited about. However, if we use the 5th Gen iPad as a guide, sometimes mundane but reasonably priced sells very well with everyday consumers.
You know all those rumors of new AirPods 2, iPod Touches and new iPads? Looks they were all right on the money. The new developer beta for iOS 12.2 has information on all of these different devices scattered around inside of it. And as recent history has proven, information found in iOS betas is about as good a confirmation of what is coming as you can get.
When rumors of an iPad Mini refresh started appearing a couple of months ago, I wasn’t all that surprised. I’ve had enough of you who still love the smaller of Apple’s iPads write to me to know that there is still some interest out there. Add in the fact that it is naturally easier to deliver a less expensive device in a smaller form factor and that the Mini is long overdue for a refresh, and the stories make a lot of sense.
But the iPod Touch? I have to be honest. I didn’t see this one coming.