Apple on Tuesday beefed up its entry-level iPad, replacing the aging iPad 2, offering a more capable model for the same $399 price.
The company is bringing back its fourth-generation model. While not as light as the pricier iPad Air models, the fourth generation iPad does feature a retina display, faster processor and better camera than the model it replaces.
Apple’s fourth-generation iPad also features the Lightning connector, meaning all of the company’s tablets now have the newer interface rather than the old 30-pin cable used on the iPad 2 as well as older iPhones and iPods.
“Now for $399 customers can get an iPad with a stunning 9.7-inch Retina display, fast A6X chip, and 5MP iSight camera, offering a dramatic upgrade in power, performance and value compared to the iPad 2 it replaces,” Apple senior VP Phil Schiller said in a statement.
The company did not, as had been speculated, also add a lower-cost iPhone 5c to its lineup.
In Germany, the 8GB iPhone costs 50 Euros less (549 Euros vs. 599 Euros), while in Britain the lower-cost 8GB model sells for 429 British pounds, as compared to 469 pounds for the 16GB version.
Apple-oriented news site 9to5Mac reported on Monday that both moves were in the works.
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