What's going to happen with the ipad 2 finally retiring? Or is it going to continue in the budget oriented "cheapest rules" markets? Scenario 1 ipad 4 becomes the budget model for $ 399. Problem: Its mostly likely going to be very much similar in terms of performance with the ipad 5, because the 20nm A7 isn't ready, and therefore only a modified version of the A6X is going to make the cut. Exterior looks & weight reduction alone wont recreate a bigger sales drive. There has to be something more. Possible Solution: The ipad 5 starts from 32gb to 128gb at a price bracket from $499 to $699, dropping the 16gb model. The heavier, bulkier, ipad 4 is available only at 16gb at $399. Scenario 2 ipad 5 becomes the only models available starting from $ 399 Problem: Profit margins may drop rapidly and there will be a lot of backlog of ipad 4s in the market. Possible Solution: Push the ipad 4s to the markets where pricing matters while offering a substantial discount, while the more common markets get the ipad 5 in abundance during its rollout, buying them considerable time. Scenario 3 ipad 4 is dropped and ipad 2 continues but the catch is that they upgrade with the new lightning connector & utilizing the newly modified A5. Problem: Non-retina, expensive to redesign the chasis and retool the factories and Not cost effective enough. Possible Solution: A cost effective method to keep the low-end bracket in contention, perhaps with a $299 ipad offer? So what do you think? Any scenarios that seems invariably plausible?