Apple have today discontinued the iPad 2 and removed it from the Apple Store. However, fear not because Apple have re-introduced the iPad 4 (or iPad with Retina display), which is available to buy at the price previously charged for the iPad 2.
The Apple iPad with Retina display (pictured above) is only being offered with 16GB of onboard memory with the WiFi model priced at £329 and the WiFi+Cellular version costing £429. That makes both versions £70 cheaper than the respective iPad Air model.
The iPad 4 features the same 9.7-inch display as the iPad Air, but it doesn't benefit from the new slimline and lightweight design - making the WiFi model 1.9mm thicker and 183g (WiFi) or 184g (WiFi+Cellular) heavier. It's also powered by an A6X processor rather than the 64-bit A7 chip, but it does now comes pre-loaded with iOS 7.
Our initial thoughts are that the iPad Air's slimmer, lighter design and faster processor are worth paying the extra £70 it costs over the iPad 4. However, there is no denying that the iPad 4 offers much better value than the aging iPad 2.
We'll be comparing and contrasting the iPad Air and the iPad 4 (or iPad with Retina display) in the next couple of days, so keep posted to get the full lowdown.
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