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Apple Retires iPad 2, Brings Back Fourth-Generation iPad for $399

Apple also added a lower-cost 8GB iPhone 5c in some markets, but not in the U.S.


Apple on Tuesday beefed up its entry-level iPad, replacing the aging iPad 2, offering a more capable model for the same $399 price.

The company is bringing back its fourth-generation model. While not as light as the pricier iPad Air models, the fourth generation iPad does feature a retina display, faster processor and better camera than the model it replaces.

Apple’s fourth-generation iPad also features the Lightning connector, meaning all of the company’s tablets now have the newer interface rather than the old 30-pin cable used on the iPad 2 as well as older iPhones and iPods.

“Now for $399 customers can get an iPad with a stunning 9.7-inch Retina display, fast A6X chip, and 5MP iSight camera, offering a dramatic upgrade in power, performance and value compared to the iPad 2 it replaces,” Apple senior VP Phil Schiller said in a statement.

The company did not, as had been speculated, also add a lower-cost iPhone 5c to its lineup.

Update: Well, Apple didn’t add the 8 gigabyte iPhone 5c to its lineup in the U.S., but it has added the lower-cost options in some markets, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany and China.

In Germany, the 8GB iPhone costs 50 Euros less (549 Euros vs. 599 Euros), while in Britain the lower-cost 8GB model sells for 429 British pounds, as compared to 469 pounds for the 16GB version.

Apple-oriented news site 9to5Mac reported on Monday that both moves were in the works.

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