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Apple discontinues iPad 2, brings back iPad 4 at $399 to replace it

Published Mar 18th, 2014 7:25AM EDT
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In addition to quietly launching an 8GB iPhone 5c model in certain markets, Apple has also modified its iPad lineup replacing the 2011 iPad 2 with the fourth-generation iPad with Retina display (also referred to as the iPad 4). While the 8GB iPhone 5c may not necessarily a big deal, the addition of the iPad 4 to Apple’s lineup is certainly more interesting, offering users that want a cheaper 9.7-inch iPad a much better machine than the three-year old iPad 2.

The fourth-gen iPad 4 comes with a Retina display (2048 x 1536 resolution), a faster dual-core A6X chip, 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel camera, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and Lightning port. By replacing the iPad 2 with the iPad 4, Apple has ditched the last iPad model still using a 30-pin port that officially sold in its stores. Furthermore, the iPad mini is now the only iPad model still sold by Apple that does not come with a Retina display.

Just like the iPad 2, the iPad 4 will cost $399 for the 16GB version, while the cellular model starts at $529. The iPad 4 will be available in Apple retail stores but also online, with the company having already updated multiple local online stores to show the iPad 4 in its iPad lineup instead of the discontinued iPad 2.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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