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Apple may finally discontinue the iPad 2 in the "near future"

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One of the more surprising and disappointing parts of the latest Apple iPad announcement back in October was that Apple was keeping the almost three-year old iPad 2 on the market and pricing it even with the brand new iPad mini Retina. But, new rumors make it sound like Apple is almost ready to discontinue the iPad 2 in the "near future".

The iPad 2 has seen pretty low sales recently, and people supposedly close to the situation are saying that Apple is planning to seriously cut production of the iPad 2. It shouldn't be much of a surprise that the iPad 2 has been selling badly. If you were choosing between a three-year old tablet for $399, a brand new iPad mini Retina at the same price, or an iPad Air for just $100 more, which would you choose?

The decision to keep the iPad 2 in the lineup made a bit of sense, because it meant the original iPad mini wasn't the only non-Retina tablet in Apple's lineup; and, it also made the $100 price bump to the iPad Air look much more attractive, making an upsell much easier for Apple. It is unclear what the plans are exactly. It is possible that Apple will simply cut production and not take the iPad 2 off the market, or it may replace it with the iPad 3 or 4. 

source: AppleInsider

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posted on 13 Feb 2014, 11:59 4

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7452; Member since: 14 May 2012)


They should have discontinued that a year ago.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:16 2

4. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 312; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Or it should have costed $100-$150 less.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 13:33

9. serrano989 (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


It all falls into their pricing scheme. The iPad mini and iPad 2 both have the A5. So the mini 16gb is $299 while the iPad 2 16gb is $399 (should be $329 but o well). And the iPod Touch 16gb is $229. This is all priced to keep their products from over cannibalizing each other. But, the problem now is the retina mini 16gb is $399 while also being a hell of a lot stronger (which is why I think the iPad 2 should be $329 at the most).

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 14:56

12. ihavenoname (Posts: 1282; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


As said, if you want an iPad, and you are low on budget, Retina Mini is 1000 times better option. And for even lower price, the first gen mini is much better than 2, too. I've tried iPad 2, and idk how Apple dares to sell it. Okay, it's well made and has awesome app store, but it's slow on todays standards and display is disgustingly low-res.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:05 1

2. aayupanday (Posts: 467; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


They'll still manage to sell it in India even after discontinuing it in the rest of the world (eg. iPhone 4)

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:13

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7452; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It's still sold around the world if I'm correct, even here in the US.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:47

5. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1733; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


iPads (and Apple in general) have a poor marketshare in India. The tablet scene here is dominated by Samsung and local manufacturers. I have never ever seen a person using an iPad here

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:52

6. Michaelsalaets (Posts: 25; Member since: 09 Feb 2014)


would make sense if they were cheaper. for the extra 100 who wouldn't go with the air? or the ipad mini with retina?

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 13:17

7. serrano989 (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


I think they did it for uniformity. Plus, iPad 2 was still selling well at that time.

iPad Air and Retina Mini = A7
iPad 2 and Mini = A5

while the others are

iPad 3 = A5x
iPad 4 = A6x

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 13:28

8. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2108; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I don't think so. I think you're looking too far into it. The average consumer doesn't know or care about what chip set is in their electronic device. I think the far more likely reason is the same one for why the 5c exists. The iPad 2 is cheaper for Apple to produce than the 3 or 4. Apple would rather have it out there as the cheaper full-size iPad to save them money--money, which unfortunately, just like the 5c, they aren't passing on to consumers.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 13:50

10. serrano989 (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


I am saying that based on the way it is displayed right on their website. When you click to compare it says clear as day the mini and iPad 2 have the A5 while the others are A7. Plus, they never would have priced the 3rd or 4th gen at $399 brand new. With the iPad 2 being cheap to produce and still selling well, why wouldn't they advertise it that way? The down fall for the iPad 2 was the retina mini being $399 as well. The average consumer knows the iPad 2 is old.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 14:21

11. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2108; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Why couldn't they sell the 3 or 4 for $399 brand new? That's only $100 cheaper than they debuted. Not to mention, they are over 2 & 1 years old, respectively. Apple has always had an incredibly high profit margin on their products. The average consumer might know that the iPad 2 is old, but they have no idea what A5 or A7 means. This was a money move, plain & simple.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 15:45

13. serrano989 (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


Why are you commenting like I am going against what you are saying. I do not disagree with you about the money end of it. With that said, its funny you mention Apple is all about profit margins yet you say why couldn't they sell the 3rd and 4th gen for $399? Profit thats why, iPad 3rd gen sells for $350 refurbished. Also, I only mention the A5 A7 thing simply because I work for the ad industry. It makes sense to me.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 16:12

14. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2108; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Yeah, refurbished. I said brand new. Besides, the tone of your previous post was definitely not in agreement with mine.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 17:02

15. serrano989 (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


"Yeah, refurbished. I said brand new"
You saying it's brand new doesn't change the point I was trying to make. $350 for a refurbished unit is expensive. Hence why the 3rd and 4th gen weren't priced at $399. Look, I'm not trying to be argumentive. Arguing with some one I don't know doesn't help anyone, just make the comment section unnecessarily longer. Only tried to explain why I said what I did initially. It's only my opinion.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 23:13

16. Taters (Posts: 2599; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Lol ifans..... $350 refurbish has ridiculous profit margins. They would lose profit with price cuts but they would still make more profits than any other mobile company in the world.

They can pass it on to the consumer for sure, they just would rather not.

What might muck it up a bit is Apple stores might not be able to replace products for free so nonchalantly if they cut into those ridiculous margins. I still think they can though.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 07:24

17. 1701nino (Posts: 231; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Hey hold on people,don't you dare hate on my precious ipad 2,that piece of beautiful aluminum is serving me great,plus i jailbroke it and made siri to work,couple of tweaks here and there and its just like new :D

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