Apple quietly refreshed its entry level iPad offering today. Gone is the iPad 2 to be replaced by the previously discontinued iPad 4.
The 9.7-inch Retina display iPad 4, once again for sale on Apple’s website, becomes the company’s new entry-level larger tablet, and will only be available with 16GB memory in either black or white. The fourth-generation iPad replaces the older iPad 2, the last remaining device that relied on Apple’s old 30-pin connector. Its iPad 4 successor has the more compact Lightning connector, in line with the rest of the iPad line. The iPad 4 features fast A6X chip, and 5MP iSight camera, offering a serious upgrade in power and performance compared to the iPad 2 it replaces.
The iPad 4 or iPad with Retina Display as Apple is calling it is available in black or white for a suggested retail price of $399 (CDN) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 (CDN) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Smart Cover and Smart Case for iPad with Retina display are available in dark grey for $45 (CDN) and $55 (CDN) respectively through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.ca), Apple’s retail stores and select Authorized Apple Resellers.
Apple also announced a lower priced iPhone 5c with 8Gb of memory but it is only available in some European markets, including the UK, Germany and France, as well as Australia, but not in North America.