7 Exercise Tips How to Stream 'Rabbit Hole' Roblox's AI Efforts 9 Household Items You're Not Cleaning Enough Better Sound on FaceTime Calls 'X-Ray Vision' for AR 9 Signs You Need Glasses When Your Tax Refund Will Arrive
Want CNET to notify you of price drops and the latest stories?
No, thank you

Apple iPad Mini is finally heading for the chop, report says

The company's smallest tablet is scheduled to be discontinued soon, according to a report.

Sarah Tew/CNET

Tiny violins are playing for Apple's smallest tablet.

The iPad Mini is reportedly slated to be discontinued. The 7.9-inch tablet is said to have lagged in sales recently, facing pressure as buyers instead opt for the 9.7-inch iPad or the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.

The information comes from a report Tuesday on BGR, citing a source close to Apple. Reached by CNET, Apple's representative had no comment.

Earlier this year Apple quietly dropped the $249 iPad Mini 2 from its lineup, leaving only the $399 iPad Mini 4 at the 7.9-inch size. At the time we noted that the new $329 full-sized iPad was a much better deal.

These changes underscore the overall decline in the tablet market. Global tablet shipments dropped for a ninth consecutive quarter in the last three months of 2016, according to product tracker IDC, and iPad sales have dribbled downwards for 12 straight quarters.