Three years after its introduction by Steve Jobs, is the iPad 2 set to finally be put to rest? With the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display now ruling the roost, a report by AppleInsider claims that the golden oldie is set to be discontinued:
According to people familiar with Apple's plans, 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.
There's a valid point made, too. The $399 iPad 2 is priced the same as the brand new iPad mini with Retina Display, which has far superior hardware. Sure, it's smaller, but on price alone a 2013 device is more attractive to the average buyer than one from 2011.
It's had a good run, and stayed the course longer than any other iPad that Apple has launched. At the same time we always knew it wouldn't be around forever, so maybe now is as good a time as any. Until Apple does something one way or another, it's still unverified and should be treated with the usual skepticism. But, will you miss it when it's gone?