The iPad 2 Is Dead; Long Live The iPad 4
Apple has killed the iPad 2, but has resurrected the iPad 4 as a replacement. So, if you don't want the latest, greatest and more expensive iPad Air, you can get the iPad 4 (which had been discontinued when the Air was originally introduced). Another benefit to Apple is killing off the older iPad 2 and it's 30 pin connector, the only remaining device in the lineup to use it. The "new" iPad 4 is about $30 more than when it was retired, that's progress Apple-style.