iPad 4 given a new lease on life

Resurrected as iPad 2 fades into the sunset

EDMONTON, AB, Mar 18, 2014/ Troy Media/ – When Apple introduced the iPad Air in November 2013 it discontinued the fourth generation iPad but retained the iPad 2 which was originally introduced three years earlier as their entry level full sized tablet. Well it seems that the iPad 4 or appropriately called iPad with Retina display has been given a new lease on life as the iPad 2 is put out to pasture.

While not as sleek, light and powerful as the new iPad Air, the iPad with Retina display is still a decent and reasonably current product, especially now that it is priced the same as the affordable iPad 2 it replaces.

“Now for C$399 customers can get 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,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The iPad line sets the gold-standard in mobile computing and all iPads have access to the largest and best ecosystem of more than 500,000 iPad optimized apps from the App Store.”

In addition to the features Schiller mentions, iPad with Retina display also has ultrafast Wi-Fi, captures 1080p HD video, a FaceTime HD camera, support for LTE carriers worldwide and is rated to deliver up to 10 hours of battery life. Like all iPads, it comes with iOS 7, featuring hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri and other apps.

The $399 price point is for the 16GB Wi-Fi model. A 16GB Wi-Fi+ Cellular model is also available for C$529. Both models include Lightning ( the new docking connector) to USB cable and 12W USB power adapter and come in either black or white.

The return of the fourth generation iPad with Retina display offers consumers an opportunity to experience the power of the iPad for under $400 and better positions Apple to compete with some of the lower cost Android devices.

But it also replaces the aging iPad 2, which has had a good three-year run. The move also brings Apple one-step closer to totally eliminating the iconic 30-pin docking connector introduced back in 2003, prior to the introduction to the current Lightning connector. The only Apple device to still have the classic connector is the 160GB iPod classic, but I’m sure its time will soon come, too.

The iPad with Retina display is shipping now. Both models are available at your local Apple Store, Apple’s on-line store or through your favourite Apple retailer.

Senior Editor Greg Gazin is a Syndicated Veteran Tech Columnist and Small Business and Technology Speaker, Author and Past Toastmasters District Governor. He can be reached at Gadgetguy.CA or on Twitter @gadgetgreg.Why not book Greg to speak at your next event? You can contact him at speakersbureau@troymedia.com.

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