Apple may be planning to bring back the iPad 4 alongside the 8GB iPhone 5c, which Apple may start selling on March 18th as a low-cost iPhone option. The discontinued iPad 4 will be reintroduced as a replacement for the iPad 2 in Apple’s tablet lineup, claims a report in 9to5Mac
According to a source, shipments of Apple’s fourth-generation iPad with Retina display have been arriving at Apple Stores with notices to not open until tomorrow.
The retirement of the iPad 2 removes the 30-pin equipped iPad from Apple’s tablet lineup, leaving behind only lightning equipped models. 9to5 predicts Apple may also look to discontinue the iPhone 4 in order to make the lightning cable the standard connector for all Apple’s current iOS devices.
The iPad 4 slated for sale starting tomorrow includes the 16GB WiFi-only and 16GB LTE-compatible models with white and black color options. Pricing for the iPad 4 is rumored to be slightly above the current iPad 2 price point, with the LTE 16GB model costing $559 and the entry-level iPad 4 priced at $449. This is $30 and $50 over the similar Pad 2 model, respectively.
The fourth-generation iPad includes the A6X processor, a five-megapixel iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD Camera and the thicker design that was made obsolete by the iPad Air. The iPad 4 launched in October 2012 along with the original iPad mini and was discontinued when Apple released the iPad Air last fall.