In addition to introducing a new, cheaper, 8GB iPhone 5c today, Apple has also discontinued the aging iPad 2 in favour of re-introducing the 16GB iPad 4 as its entry-level iPad.

The iPad 2 has been hanging on as the entry-level iPad since the arrival of the third-generation iPad in 2012, and managed to outlive both that model and its successor, the iPad 4. Now three years old, Apple has finally decided that it's time to say goodbye to the iPad 2, instead making the fourth-generation iPad with Retina display available again for the first time since the iPad Air was launched in November last year.

Aside from the reduced capacity options (only the 16GB version is available), nothing's changed about the fourth-generation iPad with this re-release. It still has the Retina display, iSight camera and A6X chip, and comes with the Lightning port and iOS 7 installed.

Apple is offering the iPad 4 at the same price as the iPad 2 was available: £329 for the WiFi-only model or £429 for the WiFi + Cellular model.

This iOS shake-up leaves the iPhone 4s as the only device left without a Lightning connector, and the original iPad mini the only non-Retina device available. Does this signify the end for both of those devices too?

It's not yet clear why Apple decided to make these changes today, but we're sure it'll spark speculation about new products that could be on their way soon.

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