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You're the Pundit: iPad mini may be the death knell for iPad 2

When it comes to evaluating the next big thing, we turn to our secret weapon: the TUAW braintrust. We put the question to you and let you have your go at it. Today's topic is the iPad 2.

First introduced in March 2011, it's been a brilliant standard-bearer for Apple's tablet tech. Offering a total redesign from the original iPad, it lacks only a few bells, whistles, and pixels compared to the current "new" iPad.

In fact, it's still Apple's budget choice for many consumers with limited discretionary funds. Starting at $399, it offers a hundred dollar break compared to the low-end current generation model.

With the iPad mini likely around the corner, does its introduction mean the iPad 2 will give way? Will the iPad mini kill the iPad 2 -- and should it?

Apple has never been afraid to cannibalize its own product line. In this case, there's the iPad 2 on one side, and the newly refreshed iPod touch on the other, both competing in the same price arena. Although the iPad 2 is aging gracefully, it's been on the market for 19 months. That puts it in the "matronly" category in the market of new hot mobile devices.

At the same time, the Christmas buying season is upon us. Would Apple stop making and selling the iPad 2 at a time where a big pool of potential buyers likes the idea of purchase choice?

You tell us. Place your vote in this poll and then join in the comments with all your analysis.

Is the iPad 2 doomed?
One budget iPad is all Apple needs in its inventory. The iPad 2 will end of life at next week's announcement. Apple will sell existing inventory as long as it lasts, but it's over.747 (31.3%)
Apple would be foolish to end of life a product that's still in such demand. The iPad mini is no threat to the iPad 2 sales. Long live the iPad 2.565 (23.7%)
The iPad 2 is doomed, but not until March or so -- when the new iPad will be replaced by the "new new bigger so not to be confused with the mini" iPad.632 (26.5%)
Why do you people keep insisting there will be an iPad mini?177 (7.4%)
It don't matter. The iPad 2 will be around in the dark - it'll be everywhere. It'll be in the way kids laugh when they're playing games on their iPad 2 and they know their schoolwork's done, and when the people are readin' the stuff they synced on iTunes263 (11.0%)

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