Apple has discontinued the iPad 2 and replaced it in its available line-up with the 4th generation iPad. The iPad 4 slots into Apple's tablet offerings as the 'iPad with Retina display' and is available in the US starting from $399, just like the iPad 2 was. However the iPad 4 is quite a step up from the olde iPad 2; it has the much improved screen, a faster processor and better camera. Apple also released a cheaper 8GB version of its plastic backed iPhone 5C yesterday.
"Now for $399 customers can get iPad with a stunning 9.7-inch Retina display, fast A6X chip, and 5MP iSight camera, offering a dramatic upgrade in power, performance and value compared to the iPad 2 it replaces," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. Another notable difference is the inclusion of the Lightning connector.
The US prices for the iPad with Retina Display are $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. In the UK those prices are £329 and £429 respectively. Buyers have a choice of black or white finishes. Unfortunately for budget buyers, 16GB of storage is pretty low (leaving about 12GB of user storage), with no SD card slot available.
As a reminder the iPad with Retina display has the following key specifications:
- 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology with 2048x1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch
- Dual-core A6X chip with quad-core graphics
- Dual channel Wi-Fi and Bluetoothe 4.0 (+ 3G/LTE option)
- 5MP f2.4 iSight Camera , 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera, 1080p video recording
- Measures 241 x 186 x 9.4mm and weighs just over 650g
- 10 hour battery
iPhone 5C storage and price chop
Apple has introduced an 8GB iPhone 5C in Australia, China, UK, France and Germany. In the UK this means you can get an iPhone 5C for £40 less than the previous listed price. The UK prices are as follows; 8GB for £429, 16GB for £469 and 32GB for £549. It will be interesting to see if this new model of the iPhone "for the colourful" shifts some units thanks to its £40 price differential.