All iPads Why is Apple comparing the Air to the iPad 2?

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  1. marc55 macrumors 6502a

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    I just looked at the Air on the Apple web site, and they are comparing the specs to the iPad 2; why wouldn't they compare it to something more current like the iPad 4?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Because they're still selling the iPad 2, not the iPad 3 or 4.
     
  3. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    Because the iPad 3 has been discontinued and will the iPad 4 be once the iPad Air is launched. The iPad 2 will still be available as an entry level regular sized iPad so it makes sense for them to compare the iPad Air to the iPad 2.
     
  4. Peace macrumors Core

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    This got me thinking.

    Aren't all the "x" chips now EOL ?

    A5x,A6x etc. ?

    Seems the A6 and A6X are gone leaving the A5 and A7.
     
  5. mateo124 macrumors regular

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    I have no idea, I was wondering this myself. I really want to know who will buy an iPad 2 over the mini at $399. Its hard to believe the price of the iPad 2 has only gone down $100 over a two year period.
     
  6. marc55 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have the 3 and the 4 has better spec than the 3, so I would like to see the difference between the 4 and the Air to see how much better it really is.
     
  7. Menel macrumors 603

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    A6 is in 5C.
     
  8. Peace macrumors Core

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    Yup. that's the only device using it. All the x chips are no longer being used.
     
  9. marc55 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    OK, I am confused here. Why would Apple stop making the 3 & 4 and keep the 2 around; it does not even have Retina display?

    Why wouldn't they have a better entry point iPad like the 3 or the 4?
     
  10. scupking macrumors 6502a

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    They should just do mini for 299, mini r for 399 and then the air 499. Wish the min r and air started at 32gb.
     
  11. HighTechToid macrumors member

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    It's way cheaper to produce the 2 than it is the 3 and 4 and there's also a bigger difference between the 2 and the Air (much older hardware and no retina). A discerning customer is more likely to go with the Air when comparing those 2 (a win for Apple). But if they go with the 2 it's still a win for Apple because the 2 is way over priced having only received a $100 price drop and it's 3 years old. Profit margins are high on that sale for Apple no doubt.
     
  12. virginblue4 macrumors 68000

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    Ok? So spend a whole 10 seconds searching the internet, it really isn't difficult.

    Apple no longer sell the iPad 4, so that's why it isn't on their website.
     
  13. danniexi macrumors 6502

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    True.

    To add, they are probably keeping the "legacy" model for other markets such as education and enterprise. Neither of those industries are in DIRE need of the retina display/faster processor when the A5 suffices, and will most likely need to purchase a bulk of the iPad 2 at a reasonable price. Also, these industries are highly invested in the older 30-pin accessories too (charging stations, etc.) and Apple probably would like to offer an iPad that caters to those needs, while at the same time, like techtoid suggests, makes a much larger profit margin.
     
  14. pear21 macrumors 6502

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    I feel like my iPad 3 is the ugly duckling that Apple quickly threw away and wont talk about now lol.
     
  15. marc55 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you for that great insight; don't know what I would have done without it.
     
  16. virginblue4 macrumors 68000

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    I answered what you asked.
     
  17. marc55 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's kind of what I was thinking too; it is a marketing strategy, and one I don't necessarily with, but I'm not paid to make those decisions.

    I guess they'll keep the 2 as long as it will run new IOS versions, then the Air1will eventually become the entry point, and on and on.....
     
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