Apple Continues to Sell the iPad 2 Because Customers Are Still Buying It

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Some observers may have wondered why Apple would continue to sell the iPad 2 for $399 after announcing the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini on Tuesday. The answer, according to new research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, is because customers are still buying the two-year old tablet.

    The iPad 2 accounted for some 22 percent of iPad sales in the September quarter, down significantly from prior quarters, but it appears there is still more than enough demand for a cheaper, full-size iPad, particularly for the education sector.

    The full-size iPad 4 remained the most popular iPad in the quarter, accounting for nearly half of total sales in the U.S., while CIRP says the iPad mini tallied about a third of sales.

    Apple's new iPad lineup sees the older iPad mini starting at $299, the new Retina iPad mini and the full-size iPad 2 available for $399, and the new iPad air beginning at $499.

    Article Link: Apple Continues to Sell the iPad 2 Because Customers Are Still Buying It
  2. ZacNicholson macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
    why would they still buy it with the iPad 3 and 4 on the market ?:confused::confused:
  3. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Wouldn't people buy the iPad 4 at $399 too, though?

    I guess profit margins are better on the 2!
  4. blockburner28 macrumors 6502


    Jun 27, 2009
    New Orleans
    well if you had the iPad 2 at this same discounted price and no other iPads for the last 2 years people will buy the (2) and this cycle will continue. Why not just say its more cheaper to build an iPad 2 then it is the 3 or 4.......
  5. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    That graph shows the iPad 4 selling quit well. This doesn't explain why they EOL'd it.
  6. bretm macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2002
    It's cheaper.

    Simply put, they now have a lineup of 2 full size pads, and 2 mini pads. Each with a retina and non retina version. Pretty simple.
  7. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    betting pool

    Will the "iPad2" be renamed to "iPad Classic" when the next iteration comes out?
  8. iBreatheApple macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2011
    Wow, the Minis are selling more than the full size iPad now. I prefer the Mini, but I didn't foresee those statistics.
  9. taptic macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
    In other news: Some customers don't know the definition of refurbished.

  10. Pompiliu macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2012
    Of course apple will still sell the iPad 2. People will refuse to pay that much for an old slow tablet with low-res screen and will buy the Air.

    It's the same thing with the 5c. Why buy an iphone 5 with a plastic case when you can buy the 5s for just $100 more.
  11. YeahBuddy macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2011
    Boston, MA
    No body should be paying $400 for a two and a half year old tablet. Especially when at the same price you could purchase a newly released Retina iPad Mini.
  12. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    It also looks like any device that uses the "X" version is being phased out.
  13. bretm macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2002
    It's been replaced by the iPad air. Why is that confusing? They can't make it for any cheaper because it's a retina. Maybe a little, so why would you have the iPad 4 be just barely cheaper than the air, and possibly undermining air sales?
  14. JOHONDAR macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2013

    It is funny that they would post this, I literally said this last night when I saw the keynote. I have an iPad 2 and I think it's nothing short of ancient. It has a hard time keeping up with my typing. It does make you wonder why people would go for something like an old iPad 2 when the Mini with the retina display and that quad core, 64 bit monster of a cpu inside it is the same price.:confused:
  15. Quercus Alba macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2013
    Selling the iPad 2 also ensures that apps which are fully compatible and optimised for the iPad Mini 1's chipset continue to be made for the time being.
  16. bretm macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2002
    It's bigger than the mini. Some people don't see as well as you. They need stuff bigger. And the retina doesn't do much good if you don't see so well. :p
  17. California King macrumors 65816

    Sep 20, 2007
  18. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    The iPad 2 was replaced by the iPad 3 etc..

  19. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    Selling the iPad 2 to regular customers is a fail. If they still want to keep it around for educational purposes, they should make a specific model with no cameras and a lower price point for institutions and not have it be available to purchase by regular customers. Just like the educational iMac.
  20. GreatDrok macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2006
    New Zealand
    Many people can't really tell the difference between retina and non-retina screens. I can tell with my full size iPad 1 where the screen is clearly inferior to the one on my iPad mini even though they're the same number of pixels. The higher density and better design of the screen on the mini makes it look better than the iPad 1. Next to the iPad 2, not so much. I still think the mini screen is better than the 2 but it isn't so marked. Put both next to a retina screen and there is a difference yes, but many people don't really care. People who bought an iPad 2 when it came out have had a good deal though because it looks like it will be getting iOS 8 which is a hell of a run given that the iPad 1 ran out at iOS 5.

    I'm intrigued to see the iPad mini retina but my eyes are ageing and I have trouble telling the difference between my iPad mini and iPhone 4 screen. Younger eyes would likely have no trouble but to me the mini screen is pretty good and makes the mini the budget choice even against the iPad 2 although some would still prefer the extra size. My 70+ year old mother-in-law has an iPad 2 which works well for her.
  21. bretm macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2002
    Size matters. But they should update the processor in the iPad 2 if they're going to keep selling it. But then what would they call it? iPad 2.5?
  22. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    My mother and aunt bought my other aunt an iPad for her 65th birthday. When I saw it I was shocked to see it was an iPad 2.

    But realistically it makes sense. She's never going to play a game on it, the print is perfectly legible for her iBooks, web browsing and email use. Why pay an extra $100 (or whatever the price difference is) for features the end user will never notice or take advantage of.

    Some people buy lowest-end 11" MacBook Airs. Some buy loaded 15" Macbook Pros.
  23. Xenomorph macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis
    The iPad 2 is a great tablet, and it matches the specs of many of Apple's other devices:

    A5 / 512 MB:

    iPhone 4S
    iPod touch (5th generation)
    iPad mini (1st generation)
    iPad 2
  24. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    but it will probably be dropped by iOS 8 so it doesnt really make much sense to get it in the long run

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