With The iPad Mini On Its Way, It’s Time To Say Farewell To The iPad 2 [Report]

With The iPad Mini On Its Way, It’s Time To Say Farewell To The iPad 2 [Report]

The iPad 2 was the first iPad to bring us front- and rear-facing cameras.

When Apple unveiled the third-generation iPad earlier this year, it reduced the price of the iPad 2 to just $399 in an effort to provide fans with a more affordable option, and to stave off the competition from cheaper Android slates as much as it could. But with the iPad mini set to make its debut tomorrow, will there still be a need for the iPad 2?

One analyst thinks not.Rob Cihra of Evercore Partners believes Apple will “phase out” the iPad 2 following the iPad mini’s debut, ensuring “clearer product tiers.”

The move makes a lot of sense. While it’s nice to have a cheaper 9.7-inch iPad option, Apple only continues to make the second-generation iPad to attract budget-conscious customers. But with a 7.85-inch iPad mini expected to make its debut tomorrow — possibly priced around just $299 — the iPad 2 is no longer needed.

And its demise is hardly likely to impact Apple’s sales. Cihra expects the Cupertino company to sell 7 million iPad minis during the fourth quarter alone, leading to a total 26 million iPads sold when you take into account sales of the 9.7-inch device.

Add 49 million iPhone sales to that, and Cihra expects Apple to announce $56.1 billion in revenue for the December quarter.

  • jarrodbcecil

    It’s been a great run. I love my iPad 2 and will continue to use it. Having said that, here’s betting Apple sells a truckload of these come Christmas season

  • FriarNurgle

    … here’s betting Apple sells a truckload of these come Christmas season

    More like a bargeload.

  • CharilaosMulder

    TBH I’d much rather see the iPad 2 drop it’s price by $100. The mini is just a cheaper and smaller iPad 2.

  • FriarNurgle

    The mini is just a cheaper and smaller iPad 2.

    It will be very interesting to see what specs they can shove into a 7″ form factor for $249 – $329; A5 – A5X – A6 chip, 1/2GB – 1GB RAM, 8GB – 16GB memory…
    Guess we’ll see tomorrow.

  • SamuelBrock

    It doesn’t take an analyst. The iPad “2″ is a confusing moniker compounded by the arrival of another iPad that is now taking the budget spot.

  • SamuelBrock

    It will be very interesting to see what specs they can shove into a 7″ form factor for $249 – $329; A5 – A5X – A6 chip, 1/2GB – 1GB RAM, 8GB – 16GB memory…
    Guess we’ll see tomorrow.

    Its not a question of if they can, its can they afford to? We won’t see the A6 and probably not the A5X. Its going to be 512 GB of RAM and an A5 processor or worse:

    “With a display this advanced (in age), we decided we were going to use the A4 processor”

    Other specs: 5 MP camera because they don’t make a smaller sensor anywhere on their supply chain and a vga front-facing cam. 8-9 hour battery and super thin.

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