Apple today bid farewell to both the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 model and its smaller, older brother—the 7.9-inch iPad mini 2.

As of today, neither iPad Air 2 nor iPad mini 2 are available to purchase from Apple. Earlier this morning, the Cupertino firm announced a new 9.7-inch tablet model, called simply iPad.

Simultaneously, the company phased-out the 32-gigabyte edition of iPad mini 4 while giving the iPad mini 4 lineup twice the storage without increasing prices.

The iPad lineup is now a lot cleaner than before:

  • iPad—Apple’s “new” non-Pro, low-cost 9.7-inch iPad
  • iPad Pro—the “pro” tablet, available in 12.9 and 9.7-inch varieties
  • iPad mini 4—$5 says it’ll be phased out by this time next year

The discontinuation of the aging iPad mini 2 couldn’t have come sooner.

Originally marketed as “iPad mini with Retina display”, it was unveiled in October 2013.

iPad mini 2 had a design almost identical to the original model, with internal revisions such as Apple’s first-generation 64-bit A7 chip, a 7.9-inch 2,048-by-1,536 pixel resolution Retina screen and other hardware features like its larger sibling, iPad Air.

Space Gray and Silver finishes were added to the iPad mini 2 lineup in November 2013. iPad mini 2’s successor, iPad mini 3, was unveiled in October. It had exactly the same hardware like iPad mini 2 while adding Touch ID, differing storage sizes and an additional Gold color option.

Starting today, iPad mini 2 is no longer available for purchase following Apple’s announcement of the low-cost, 9.7-inch, seventh-generation iPad model replacing the also-discontinued iPad Air 2.

Speaking of which, iPad Air 2 was unveiled at a press event in October 2014.

Starting at $499, it was marketed with the “Change Is in the Air” tagline and landed on store shelves on October 22, 2014. Filing as Apple’s sixth-generation tablet, iPad Air 2 was thinner and faster than the original iPad Air thanks to Apple’s second-generation 64-bit A8X chip. It came outfitted with the Touch ID sensor, a 9.7-inch 2,048-by-1,536 pixel resolution Retina screen and more.

As mentioned, iPad mini 4 now offers twice the storage for the same price, starting at $399 for the 128GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The device comes in Silver, Gold and Space Gray and can be purchased via apple.com and at Apple’s retail stores.

Your thoughts on the new, cleaner iPad lineup?

  • Jamessmooth

    These were good moves for Apple, but I’m still disappointed… none of these announcements were for me.

  • White Michael Jackson

    No internal/external upgrades for the ipad mini 4 other then a larger hard drive?

  • ShawnTXDFW

    I was kind of upset nothing was done with the iPad Pro 12.9 inch model. Why would damn near everything else get an upgrade?! Not to mention Red AirPods might’ve been a nice inclusion as well.

  • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

    …and one more thing (1) : iPad Mini 4 now has a revolutionary storage capacity!
    My thoughts? Very disapoiting…

  • Blip dude

    Hmm, so much for upgrades, ehh. Not surprised, their peak is usually in the fall so I’m not surprised by these “upgrades” at all.

  • Natalie

    I love it how people are disappointed over a unannounced/silent slight hardware revision. Like dude, they aren’t going to silently announce and 10K iMac or anything are they -_- Are you all morons? Look at it this way. These upgrades are stuff that literally takes 20 min during a keynote, which now will not happen! This is more than likely foreshadowing 1 or 2 big hardware revisions as WWDC later this year.

  • Dawn Peterson

    Can iPad Air 2 be upgraded