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We're just as surprised the iPad 2 is hanging around in Apple's product mix as you probably are, but a new report claims the elder tablet in the iPad lineup may not be long for this mortal coil.
AppleInsider reported Thursday that Apple may be preparing to put the iPad 2 out to pasture at long last, nearly three years after its debut and subsequent runaway success despite newer, Retina Display models being released in its wake.
According to the usual "people familiar with Apple's plans," Cupertino may have already slowed down the assembly lines for the iPad 2 -- which doesn't exactly come as a surprise now that the iPad mini finally has a Retina Display at the same $399 price point.
Such rumblings line up nicely against predictions made by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities in November of last year, who claimed at the time that the iPad 2 made up only 0.3 million of Apple's shipments for the entire quarter.
If true, we're guessing supplies of the iPad 2 will become harder to find in the coming months, especially moving into the late summer as Apple undoubtedly begins prepping refreshed shipments of whatever iPad Air and/or iPad mini they have in store for this year.
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