Apple relaunches iPad 4 worldwide

The iPad 4. (Apple)

The iPad 4. (Apple)


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Apple's reintroduction of the last-generation tablet replaces the now-discontinued iPad 2 at the same price point.

It means that consumers can snap up the 9.7-inch retina display tablet for just $399 US in the U.S. and Ä379 in Europe, which is a bit of a bargain considering that less than six months ago it was the company's flagship iPad and cost $100 more. The model had been discontinued when the company's new flagship tablet, the iPad Air, was introduced.

For the price, consumers get a choice of color -- black or white -- but are confined to 16GB of storage. However, it does pack Apple's A6X processor, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and supports the company's new Lightning connector. The old iPad 2 still used the 30-pin connector that the company started phasing out with the launch of the iPhone 5.

The reintroduction also means that the company's tablet lineup remains unchanged with four devices: a flagship and entry-level 9.7-inch iPad and premium and basic 7.9-inch iPad Mini on offer.