Apple could be planning to discontinue the iPad 2 in the first quarter of 2014,  an analyst has said while predicting shipments of the iPad Air and iPad mini 2 this week.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a strong track record for predicting Apple launches, believes that Apple will see a significant increase in Retina iPad mini 2 shipments during the first quarter of 2014, but that this increase will cannibalise Apple's larger iPad Air, reducing shipments by 43 per cent.

In a research note this week, Kuo said that he expects Apple to ship 23.1 million iPads in the fourth quarter of 2013, thanks to the iPad Air and "higher-than-expected" iPad mini sales. He then expects Apple to ship double the amount of iPad mini 2 units in the following quarter, when supply issues currently plaguing the smaller iPad subside.

In addition to his predictions about Apple's newest iPads, Kuo notes that Apple's iPad 2, which is still hanging on in the iPad line-up despite the fact that three newer generations have been launched since it first became available in 2011, may finally be getting the boot in the first quarter of 2014.

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