iPad 4 re-released, iPad 2 discontinued (Update: Official Press Release)

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It’s all-change at Apple today, and as iPhone 5c became available with an 8GB capacity option, an old favorite tablet just became available again. The 4th generation iPad, or “iPad with Retina display” has once again become available, replacing the iPad 2 that’s been a mainstay of the Apple product lineup since its launch in 2011. It has to be said, 3 years is a pretty good run for any iOS device.

In the U.S. the iPad 4 is available in a 16GB model only, with a price of $399 for the Wi-Fi only model and $529 for the Wi-Fi plus cellular. In the UK that’s £329 for Wi-Fi only, and £429 for Wi-Fi plus cellular. Both seem like pretty incredible price points for a device that was only released 18 months ago, and was – by all accounts – a brilliant tablet, even if it was big and heavy.

“CUPERTINO, California—March 18, 2014—Apple® today announced iPad® with Retina® display replaces iPad 2 as the most affordable 9.7-inch iPad at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The fourth generation iPad features the amazing 9.7-inch Retina display, the Apple-designed A6X chip, ultrafast Wi-Fi, a 5MP iSight® camera which also captures 1080p HD video, a FaceTime® HD camera, and support for LTE carriers worldwide,¹ all while delivering up to 10 hours of battery life.²  iPad with Retina display comes with iOS 7, featuring hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop®, enhanced Photos, Safari®, Siri® and iTunes Radio℠.³

“Now for $399 customers can get iPad with a stunning 9.7-inch Retina display, fast A6X chip, and 5MP iSight camera, offering a dramatic upgrade in power, performance and value compared to the iPad 2 it replaces,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The iPad line sets the gold-standard in mobile computing and all iPads have access to the largest and best ecosystem of more than 500,000 iPad optimized apps from the App Store.””

I have to say, from my own standpoint, I’m glad the iPad 2 has gone. Not only is it old, its hardware isn’t built to make the best use of iOS 7, and it struggles to cope with the intensity of modern apps and games. You can read the entire press release here.

Buy the iPad with Retina display from Apple.com.

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