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February 13, 2014

End of the road for Apples iPad 2, production to stop after three years

ipad_2_bw_ios_7Apple is to stop production of the iPad 2 as customer interest in the device decline, according to a report from AppleInsider. When it was introduced in early 2011, the iPad 2 quickly gained the top spot in Apples device sales has remained in Apple’s product line-up as a lower-price option even as newer iPad models have been discontinued. Despite the decline it’s still selling but at in very much reduced numbers.

According to people familiar with Apple’s plans, the company has made the decision to ramp down iPad 2 production given that customers are resoundingly shifting purchases towards its more modern and capable iPads, namely the iPad mini and iPad Air.

In the UK Apple continues to sell 16GB iPad 2 models which are priced at £349 for Wi-Fi only and £419 for Wi-Fi + Cellular for the time being, coming in £50 lower than corresponding iPad Air models. There is no word yet, however, on just when Apple plans to stop selling the iPad 2 or just let the stock dwindle down.

With the introduction of the dramatically thinner iPad Air and Retina display-equipped iPad mini late last year, sales of the iPad 2 dropped dramatically and the company has apparently decided that continued production is not worthwhile.
If you are thinking of the iPad 2 then we would advise you to wait for a few weeks as the price will reduce.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini