The rumors came a few hours before it happened, but they were right. This morning Apple quietly discontinued the iPad 2 (from 2012) and reintroduced the iPad with Retina display (or iPad 4). In addition, they also released the 8GB iPhone 5c. Although it is currently not on sale in the United States, it does have a cheaper price tag in countries that pay the unsubsidized price and it is expected to be sold in the United States very soon.
The iPad with Retina display comes with the A6X dual-core processor (better than the first generation iPad mini), the same camera as the iPad Air and is available in 16GB for $399 (WiFi only) or $529 (Cellular + WiFi). Apple’s lineup of iPads now consists of the iPad Air, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini with Retina display and the iPad mini (all which use the Lightning connector). Once Apple discontinues the iPhone 4S, all their products will be using the Lightning connector (except for the iPod shuffle which uses the headphone jack).