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.
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.
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