updated 06:16 am EDT, Tue March 18, 2014
8GB iPhone 5c retains specification, lowers storage capacity and price
Apple has made a few expected and unexpected changes to its product lineup, including both the introduction and removal of mobile devices. A cheaper iPhone 5c has been listed in the European online Apple stores, while the iPad 2 has been pulled from sale on both sides of the Atlantic, and replaced by a fourth-generation iPad with Retina display as rumored yesterday.
Just as previously leaked, the new iPhone 5c model offers 8GB of storage while retaining the same specifications as before. In the UK store, the 8GB model is priced at £429 ($713) unlocked, representing a saving of £40 ($66) on the 16GB model. At the time of writing, the US store does not show the 8GB model, but could be updated later today.
iPhone 5c listings in UK Apple store
Only one model of the reintroduced iPad with Retina display is offered, replacing the iPad 2. The tablet, which offers the familiar 9.7-inch 2048x1536 IPS display and a dual-core A6X processor with quad-core graphics, is listed at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, and $529 for the cellular version. While it is a downgrade from the equivalent-sized iPad Air, it does represent a saving of $100 for both the Wi-Fi and Cellular variants. The change leaves Apple's entire iPad lineup able to use Siri, and sporting only Lightning-style connectors.
iPad with Retina display listings in US Apple store