Apple has given us an embarrassment of choice in iPads with the upgrade and changes to the lineup announced on Thursday. There are now five distinct iPad families available: two full-sized iPad Air models and three iPad minis, leaving many to wonder exactly what iPad to by.
The briefly resuscitated fourth-generation iPad—known recently as simply “iPad with Retina Display” (which isn’t that informative, since all of the other iPads save for the still available original iPad mini have Retina displays)—is dead again, but few will mourn its ultimate passing because its market slot and price point in the iPad spectrum has been filled by last year’s formidable first generation iPad Air, whose 64 bit A7 system-on-chip is still one of the most powerful in the product category, and which represents a much better value.
There has also been a substantial realignment in the iPad mini category, with significant price cuts for the still available older two models. There are some serious bargains to be had.
That said, the new iPad Air 2 is now distinctively top dog, and the one to get if your wallet can stand it, since Apple has evidently decided the best strategy is to restrict updates on version 3 of the recently slow-selling iPad mini to just a few of the items on the…