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Apple reconfigures tablet line-up, drops iPad 2 in favour of 4th generation iPad

4th generation iPad offers a sharper Retina display and improved processor compared to older iPad 2
  • @jjvincent

As well as introducing a new iPhone 5C at a lower price point, Apple has also shaken up their tablet range today, dropping the mid-range iPad 2 in favour of the fourth-generation iPad at the same price.

Thanks to the numbering involved the switch might seem a little counter-intuitive, but the fourth generation iPad is the more recent and more powerful model, released in 2012, a year after the iPad 2.

The fourth-generation iPad will now sell for £329 for the Wi-Fi only model with 16GB, with version with a mobile data connection costing £429. The tablet has a 9.7-inch Retina display, Apple’s A6X chip, and run on iOS 7.

This means that all of Apple’s current line-up of tablets use the company’s own lightning connector, with the iPhone 4s the only iOS device still sold by Apple to use the older 30-pin port.

The fourth-generation iPad costs £10 more than the iPad mini with Retina display, Wi-Fi only and 16GB of storage, and £70 less than the iPad Air with the same configuration.

See below for a full comparison of Apple’s new tablet range:


iPad Air

iPad with Retina display

iPad Mini with Retina display

iPad mini


9.7-inch screen (264 ppi); A7 chip; 469g

9.7-inch screen (264 ppi); A7 chip; 652g

7.9-inch screen (326ppi); A6X chip; 331g

7.9-inch screen (163ppi); A5 chip; 308g


16GB, £399

32GB, £479

64GB, £559

128GB, £639

16Gb, £329

16GB, £319

32GB, £399

64GB, £479

128GB, £559

16GB, £249


Wi-Fi and mobile data

16GB, £499

32GB, £579

64GB, £659

128GB, £739

16GB, £429

16GB, £419

32GB, £499

64GB, £579

128GB, £659

16GB, £349