The end of the road is near for Apple’s iPad 2. AppleInsider has learned that Cupertino will soon retire the device, which was first introduced in March 2011.
When Apple introduced the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display last fall, many assumed that the iPad 2 would be discontinued. Instead, Apple kept it into production, much to the chagrin of many of us at AppAdvice.
AppleInsider notes that the discontinuation of the iPad 2 “aligns” with a prediction made by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities last November. At the time, the analyst revealed that Apple was set to ship just 0.3 million iPad 2 units during the current quarter. This suggested to him that the device was nearing its end.
The iPad 2 is Apple’s last 9.7-inch tablet not to feature a Retina display. It comes with an Apple A5 processor, and 512MB of onboard RAM.
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