After more than three years on the market, Apple has finally retired the iPad 2. That is a staggeringly long run in today’s tech world, and really speaks highly of the quality of the device that it managed to stay relevant in the market for so long. It has been replaced by the iPad (4th generation) at the same $399 price point, essentially resurrecting that device.
- The original iPad mini is now the last non-retina iOS device in the lineup.
- The iPhone 4s and iPod classic are the only remaining devices using the 30 pin dock connector. The Lightening transition is nearly complete.
- There are no devices in the current lineup that use a number in their name without a letter modifier (i.e. 4s, 5c, 5s)
- I think the Compare iPad Models page may be a tad confusing now as both the iPad (4th generation) and the iPad mini (2nd generation) explicitly state that they are “with Retina display”, while the iPad Air does not, despite having one. Doubly confusing since the original iPad mini does not have Retina, so it looks identical to the iPad Air which does. This may not have been the best naming convention in hindsight, but then again, hindsight is always Retina!