Apple Said to Replace iPad 2 with Pricier Retina iPad 4 Tomorrow

On top of seeing an 8GB iPhone 5c debut tomorrow, now the word on the street is the iPad 2 will be discontinued and replaced by the iPad 4 tomorrow, according to 9to5Mac:

According to a source, shipments of Apple’s fourth-generation iPad with Retina display have been arriving at Apple Stores with notices to not open until tomorrow…

Update: We’re hearing the LTE 16GB model will cost $559, that’s $30 higher than the $529 price point of the current 3G iPad 2. We’re also hearing it is possible the entry-level iPad 4 will cost $449, which is $50 more than the iPad 2 of today.

Ipad 4

Since the Retina iPad 4 has higher priced components compared to the older iPad 2, the price hike isn’t necessarily surprising, but expected. The demise of the iPad 2 was first predicted by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo back in February.

What this means is all iOS devices will now use Apple’s smaller and reversible Lightning connector, sending the legacy 30-pin connector to the grave.