When Apple introduced the fifth-generation iPad Air in December last year, it seemed a bit surprising that the company continued to stick with the iPad 2. But today the axe has finally fallen on the ageing full-sized iPad and Apple has instead replaced it with the iPad 4.
As seen in the image above, Apple has updated its Indian website by removing the iPad 2 and replacing it with the iPad 4 aka iPad with Retina Display, but it is still to reveal the pricing. Though the iPad 4 was launched in three storage variants (16GB, 32GB, 64GB), it seems Apple will only be selling the 16GB variant.
Before being discontinued, the 16GB iPad 2 was retailing at Rs 28,900 for the Wi-Fi variant and Rs 37,900 for the Wi-Fi and cellular variant. The iPad 4, which was launched at Rs 31,900 for the 16GB Wi-Fi variant and Rs 39,900 for the Wi-Fi and cellular variant, is also likely to get a price cut and retail at the iPad 2 prices.
The iPad 2, which was being sold as an entry-level full sized iPad, has seen growing competition from the likes of the iPad mini and the iPad mini with Retina Display, which is why Apple has finally made this move. By discontinuing the iPad 2, Apple has dumped the only tablet still to feature the old 30-pin connector and now the first-generation iPad mini is the only tablet left to not feature a Retina Display.
To recap on the specifications, the iPad 4 boasts a 9.7-inch Retina Display, is powered by Apple’s custom dual-core A6X processor and features 16GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel iSight camera at the back and a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera.
Earlier today, Apple also launched an 8GB variant of the iPhone 5C in order to give the not-so-popular device another chance to make its mark. There is currently no word on when this variant will come to India or at what price.