The iPad 2 has always been one of the better, but also odder products that Apple has ever launched. For one, it’s the longest living iPad, now already three years old, which is so weird if you consider that the first, third and fourth generation iPads were put to rest before their first anniversary. It’s hard to tell what has made this particular iPad so special, but that’s about to end.
Sources close to Apple are reporting that: “the company has made the decision to ramp down iPad 2 production given that customers are resoundingly shifting purchases towards its more modern and capable iPads, namely the iPad mini and iPad Air.”
At the moment, it does make sense to have a higher and a lower-end iPad, and also a higher and a lower-end iPad mini, but when you think of the fact that the iPad mini with Retina Display is far superior than the iPad 2, it’s hard to justify that both products have the same price tag. It’ll be interesting to see what Apple plans to do with its low-end market offerings, but it does give the first-generation iPad mini a reason to exist for an extra year as well.