Apple replaces iPad 2 with 4th-gen iPad, leaves original iPad mini as only non-Retina iOS device

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in iPad edited March 2014
Coming minutes after the 8GB iPhone 5c launched in the UK, Apple on Tuesday officially discontinued the iPad 2, replacing the long-standing entry-level tablet with a 16GB version of the fourth-generation iPad.

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The iPad with Retina display (4th gen iPad) replaces the iPad 2 on Apple's "Compare iPad Models" webpage.
Source: Apple


As expected, Apple has finally replaced the venerable iPad 2 with a 16GB version of the fourth-generation iPad, which is now being sold for a starting price of $399 through the Online Apple Store. AppleInsider was first to report on the iPad 2 ramp-down in February.

The change comes after the iPad 2 served for some two years as Apple's entry-level tablet offering after the company introduced the Retina display-packing third-generation tablet and follow-up fourth-generation device. As of this writing, the swap is quickly rippling through Apple's global websites.

Interestingly, by reintroducing the fourth-gen iPad, Apple leaves the first-generation iPad mini as the only non-Retina iOS device in circulation. Also, with the departure of the iPad 2, so goes the second to last product to use Apple's last-generation 30-pin adapter. Aside from the iPhone 4S, which may soon be replaced by the new 8GB iPhone 5c, all current iOS products sport the newer Lightning protocol.

At $399 for Wi-Fi only and $529 for Wi-Fi + Cellular, the fourth-gen iPad is $100 cheaper than the iPad Air and the same price as the iPad mini with Retina display. Both models are available in the usual black and white color schemes.
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  • Reply 1 of 22
    saareksaarek Posts: 1,105member

    A much better value proposition for it's customers, the iPad 2 had been around for far too long.

  • Reply 2 of 22
    >All current iOS products now sport the newer Lightning protocol.

    Incorrect. The iPhone 4S is still on sale worldwide, and the iPhone 4 is still available in select markets, and they both use the 30-pin dock connector.
  • Reply 3 of 22
    herbapouherbapou Posts: 2,214member
    saarek wrote: »
    A much better value proposition for it's customers, the iPad 2 had been around for far too long.

    Indeed. The ipad2 at $399 was a rip-off imo
  • Reply 4 of 22
    waybacmacwaybacmac Posts: 309member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Lun_Esex View Post



    >All current iOS products now sport the newer Lightning protocol.



    Incorrect. The iPhone 4S is still on sale worldwide, and the iPhone 4 is still available in select markets, and they both use the 30-pin dock connector.

    Note the article about an 8GB iPhone 5c. There's your 4S replacement. UK today, worldwide (almost) tomorrow.

  • Reply 5 of 22
    irelandireland Posts: 17,521member

    Nice.

  • Reply 6 of 22
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,562member
    Good. Keep that product lineup clean and simple.
  • Reply 7 of 22
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member
    Interesting that they haven't tried to pull an "iPhone 5C" with the iPad, just selling older ones instead.
  • Reply 8 of 22
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,562member
    ascii wrote: »
    Interesting that they haven't tried to pull an "iPhone 5C" with the iPad, just selling older ones instead.

    Simplifies production.
  • Reply 9 of 22
    ascii wrote: »
    Interesting that they haven't tried to pull an "iPhone 5C" with the iPad, just selling older ones instead.

    I hadn't thought of that. But will they? An iPad with a metal-reinforced plastic shell. Perhaps they think it wouldn't be durable enough due to the larger size.
  • Reply 10 of 22
    I'm sad that my beloved iPad 2 has finally reached end of line. It's witnessed such horrific events. But I was slightly surprised that it wasn't discontinued last year. Hope it keeps gliding along until this year's model arrives.
  • Reply 11 of 22
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,712member

    As a person who gets these for schools, this is awesome! Many times the $499 iPad is out of reach price wise, so we always got the iPad 2. Now, for the same price you're getting a really good iPad with a retina display. 

  • Reply 12 of 22

    It stuck around this long as Apple had enterprise level buying for them for education, meeting center scheduling, medical applications and point of sale systems - based around the old connector hardwired in to the infrastructure and custom uses. Sure it may seem not a big deal for basic/prosumer use cases, but for others it matters. Going forward I doubt older models will stick around as long now.  

  • Reply 13 of 22
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by herbapou View Post

    Indeed. The ipad2 at $399 was a rip-off imo

     

    The iPad2 was available for an extended period just before retirement at a price of $299.  A friend recently bought it for $270 new at Walmart (including his employee discount).  Not a bad price for the product, IMO.

     

    But the new screen, new connector, new chip, and improved camera in the new iPad 4thGen are worth the extra $100, IMO.  

  • Reply 14 of 22
    lilgto64lilgto64 Posts: 1,147member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Lun_Esex View Post



    >All current iOS products now sport the newer Lightning protocol.



    Incorrect. The iPhone 4S is still on sale worldwide, and the iPhone 4 is still available in select markets, and they both use the 30-pin dock connector.

     

    Did the article get updated since you posted that? when I read it the text was

    Quote:


      Aside from the iPhone 4S, which may soon be replaced by the new 8GB iPhone 5c, all current iOS products sport the newer Lightning protocol.


     

    Which could also be written as "All current iOS products, with the exception of near end of life the iPhone 4S, sport the newer Lighting protocol" 

  • Reply 15 of 22
    The iPod classic is another current product that has a 30-pin connector.
  • Reply 16 of 22
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,483member

    Buying refurbished iPad 2's from Apple.com has been a good deal, around $200.

  • Reply 17 of 22
    lilgto64lilgto64 Posts: 1,147member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by csgasser View Post



    The iPod classic is another current product that has a 30-pin connector.

     

    Is that an iOS device? 

  • Reply 18 of 22
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lilgto64 View Post

     

     

    Is that an iOS device? 


    No, but just trying to be comprehensive about retention of the 30-pin adaptors.

  • Reply 19 of 22
    nofeernofeer Posts: 2,422member
    my school has 150 iPad 2
    when will apple no longer support them or no further software updates
    they work just fine think that since they have been sold till now and to many schools
    we still have 1-2 years left
    how many years till we must replace
    your thoughts
  • Reply 20 of 22
    nofeer wrote: »
    my school has 150 iPad 2
    when will apple no longer support them or no further software updates
    they work just fine think that since they have been sold till now and to many schools
    we still have 1-2 years left
    how many years till we must replace
    your thoughts
    Updates will likely stop about now, I doubt apple to update them to IOS 8, they still should last well through next year.
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