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October 20, 2012

One analyst believes the iPad 2 will be walking the plank (original: Shutterstock)

One analyst believes the iPad 2 will be walking the plank (original: Shutterstock)

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In the tablet market, the iPad is still the undisputed leader. One of the ways that Apple retained that status was this year's introduction of a lower-priced iPad 2. Though its US$400 price tag is still enough to buy two Kindle Fires, it let Cupertino at least approach budget tablet territory. With next week's launch of a smaller iPad, though, we may soon bid farewell to the iPad 2.

That's the theory postulated by Evercore Partners' analyst Rob Cihra. He shot out a note to investors this week forecasting the iPad 2's doom. His rationale? Apple's broader vision calls for a clutter-free product line, so the redundant iPad 2 would get the axe.

Out with the old

An iPad Mini (Air?) could push the iPad 2 out of the picture
An iPad Mini (Air?) could push the iPad 2 out of the picture

We can't argue with this logic. Apple's success is built on streamlined simplicity and focus. Selling three different iPads – each with multiple colors and wireless capabilities – could lead to clutter. If the iPad Mini (or iPad Air?) starts at between US$200-300, that's inching closer to the $400 iPad 2. Carrying two iPads – the big premium one and the smaller cheaper one – may be all Apple needs.

We'd still take Cihra's prediction with grains of salt, and place the safe money on the iPad 2 hanging around until March. But if you're itching to get a full-sized iPad for no more than $400, you might want to act now. Should his advice prove sound, the iPad 2 will only have a few more days to live.

Source: Apple Insider

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Will Shanklin Will Shanklin is Gizmag's Mobile Tech Editor, and has been part of the team since 2012. Will has a Master's degree from U.C. Irvine and a Bachelor's from West Virginia University. He currently lives in New Mexico with his wife, Jessica.
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2 Comments

If Steve Jobs were still alive, he would announce the mini at $199, reprice the entry New iPad at $399 and watch all the Windows 8 tablets sits on the clearance shelf at Big Lots!!!!!

James Ayers
22nd October, 2012 @ 04:02 pm PDT

Apple is becoming it's own worst competition. How many redundant use devices will you buy irrespective of their form-factor?

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24th October, 2012 @ 05:29 pm PDT
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