Is This The iPad 2’s Swan Song? Rumors Look To Discontinuation

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If you want a brand-new iPad today, you can either shell out $500 and up for an iPad 3, or go a little easier on your pocketbook and snag an iPad 2. Sales of those start at just $400, and even though the original iPad 2 dates back to spring of 2011, models currently in production use the newer S5L8942 A5 chip, manufactured on a more modern 32nm process. Though that hardware refresh gave the tablet a nice shot in the arm, its days may already be numbered, upon rumors that Apple could end sales of the iPad 2 with the arrival of the iPad mini.

Now, to be fair, this rumor doesn’t come from any source within Apple or its partners, but is the work of a market analyst. While that usually carries a good deal less weight, the idea does make a lot of sense. After all, the iPad mini should measure-up to or exceed the iPad 2 in nearly every way, and as it’s expected to launch slightly cheaper than the iPad 2 is selling for now, it might not make that much sense to continue selling the old model.

After all, the only thing the iPad 2 would have over the Mini would be its form factor – if you prefer larger tablets – and in that case you could always go with the iPad 3. All told, this sounds pretty plausible to us.

Source: Evercore Partners
Via: BGR

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!