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Apple iPads without Retina display could be discontinued

Apple announced that it's replacing its iPad 2 with a higher-resolution Retina display iPad, and it may not be long until the lower-resolution screen is nixed altogether.

"I would not be surprised if that was gone by the end of the year," said Dan Ackerman, a senior editor at CNET.

A customer inspects a fourth-generation iPad at an Apple store in San Francisco.
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A customer inspects a fourth-generation iPad at an Apple store in San Francisco.

The iPad 2 replacement will be a 16-gigabyte, 9.7-inch Retina display iPad starting at $399, the same price as the iPad Mini with a Retina display. The larger of the two was initially launched as the fourth-generation iPad with a $499 price tag.

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"Apple knows it has to compete at the lower end of the price scale, against $200 to $300 tablets from Google and Amazon that are really great deals for consumers," Ackerman said.

Apple is also trying to get consumers to use Apple devices that have the same power cords, according to Ackerman.

"They're really trying to get everyone on to the new, smaller Lightning connector. ... The sooner you can standardize, the easier it is to sell accessories and add-ons," Ackerman said.

—By CNBC's Althea Chang.