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Apple retires iPad 2 and replaces it with the 16 GB iPad 4

iPad 4 replaces iPad 2
Apple iPad 2, finally retired
The Cupertino company brings back the iPad 4 to replace the aging iPad 2 and also reveals a cheaper iPhone 5C for Australia, China and a few European countries.

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The second generation iPad was released back in March 2011 but managed to remain on the market until now, while the  was dropped last year when the brand new iPad Air became Apple's flagship slate and less than two years after its own release. Now the iPad 4 is back to replace the iPad 2, thus offering improved specs for the same price.

The iPad 4 is now available for $399 or $529 depending on the version - the 16 GB WiFi model in first case and, obviously, the 16 GB WiFi + cellular which can be used with all four major US mobile carriers - AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. The slate comes with a 9.7-inch Retina display, Apple's powerful A6X chip, iOS 7 and a Lightning to USB cable.

More than the above, Apple revealed this new iPhone 5C on the UK version of its website. The handset is priced around $700 USD and will soon hit France and Germany as well. It only comes with 8 GB of memory, is about $65 USD cheaper and has to compete with a lot of more attractive Android handsets. Most chances are it won't get to the US at all but remains to be seen.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-03-19 (Update: 2014-03-20)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.