This is quite an odd event. Those of you in the past that bought iPad 2s (like myself) are going to find that even the recently marked-down iPad 2 for $399 released by Apple to coincide with the release of the new iPad (3rd-generation) has a smaller, more energy efficient 32mm processor with new transistors, thus creating better battery life by 16 percent in web browsing and as much 30 percent when playing games, according Aandtech. You can tell if your iPad 2 has this new setup if when benchmarking it in an app like Geekbench it says “iPad 2,4″. The problem?
You can’t tell what iPad 2 model it is until you take it out of the box. In other words, it’s a $400 gamble until retailers phase out the older models of the already old iPad. Confound it.