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Apple discontinues 4th-gen iPad; keeps iPad 2, 1st-gen mini

During today’s Apple event, Apple announced it would be discontinuing the fourth-generation iPad, and keeping the second-generation iPad in its lineup. The iPad 2 stays the same price, starting at $399 for the least expensive model. Apple also announced the original iPad mini would remain in its lineup, with its price now starting at $299 for the base model.

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Is Apple engaging in upselling by keeping such disparately functioning products in production and available, or merely predating upon the stupid? The logician in me wants to believe the former since it is arguably smart to be able to point out that for only $100 more you can get all the upgrades the iPad air offers over the iPad 2, but the cynic in me sees how surprised they seemed to be that the iPhone 5C didn’t sell better and assumes the latter.

$100 savings to get an iPad 2 vs the iPad air is fiscally insane. The iPad 2 has been bleeding developer support for the past year, and it is *just* at the cusp of hardware competence for iOS 7.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on October 22, 2013 at 3:03 PM (CDT)


Agreed, I could see the 4th gen at $100 under the iPad Air, but the iPad 2 ought to be $200 under ($100 under the new mini).  Anyone clueless/foolish enough to buy an iPad 2 now is getting fleeced.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on October 22, 2013 at 4:46 PM (CDT)


I have a feeling that the main reason Apple kept the iPad 2 in production was to fill a need in the education market. Standardized testing still requires 9.7” screens, and if a school is buying iPads by the dozen, $100 per unit still makes a big difference in overall cost savings.

The likelihood that the average consumer would do this is slim, but there are those who just want a big tablet, and support for the Dock Connector is still a big plus in a lot of people’s books.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on November 1, 2013 at 1:46 PM (CDT)

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