Farewell, Faithful Old iPad 2?
After upgrading to the new iPad back in March, I was left with the problem of what to do with a perfectly functional iPad 2.
Solution: Since my mother had never owned a tablet, I would load it up with apps, books and music she’d love, then hand-deliver it to the UK for her birthday this month.
It got a warm reception and reminded me there are still a whole world of people who are just getting turned on to the joys of lean-back tablet living — and for whom the resolution of the screen doesn’t really matter so much.
Which is why it’s a shame that Apple seems likely to ditch the iPad 2, according to analyst Rob Cihra with Evercore Partners, in favor of the new iPad Mini, set to be unveiled Tuesday.
As my colleague Pete Pachal points out, this makes a lot of sense. Apple likes to cut the price on an old generation or two of devices, making them entry-level gadgets with the lowest amount of storage space. But it also — especially under supply guy Tim Cook — likes to keep its store inventory small and simple.
A 7-inch iPad Mini would become the default entry-level device. Having the iPad 2 hang around as well would confuse the issue and cannibalize Mini sales. Not to mention the name ‘iPad 2’, which has confused consumers ever since Apple’s latest tablet was simply dubbed “the new iPad.”
The iPad Mom
But if Apple does scuttle the old tablet, I have to wonder if they’re leaving a ton of cash on the table — from the moms (and dads) of the world.
It’s hard to imagine my mother peering at a 7-inch tablet; it’s just a little too small a form factor for elderly eyes. And at least two more Mashable moms who love their iPads feel the same way, to hear their progeny tell it.
There’s still a certain magic to the 10-inch screen size, which is part of the reason why the iPad has never been superseded by Android-based rivals such as the Kindle Fire or Google Nexus 7. It’s just the right size to hold in front of your face and seem all-encompassing.
Also, lest we forget, the iPad 2 is slightly lighter than the new iPad — thanks to the battery required to power that Retina screen.
So I hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of a solid, workman-like tablet. Given that it seems to have found a niche among seniors, perhaps Apple could consider a rebranding — the iPad Classic, perhaps. The iPad Gold.
Or maybe, just maybe, the iPad Mom.
Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/10/19/old-ipad-2/