Apple announces 4th gen iPad
This entry was posted on Saturday, October 27, 2012.
It has been barely half a year since the new third gen iPad came, saw and conquered the tablet market, and Apple has already announced its replacement - the fourth generation iPad. Although it is, in most ways, simply a revision to the third gen iPad (as opposed to an upgrade), there are some notable new touches that Apple has decided to bring in with the 4th gen tablet.
The 4th gen iPad still has the same Retina display that brought the earlier iPad version numerous accolades, along with the same 5 mega pixel iSight back camera. What it has changed though is that the old 30 pin dock connector found in Apple devices released before the iPhone 5 has been replaced by the new proprietary Lightning connector.
Apple has also decided to upgrade the third gen iPad's processor from the A5X chip found earlier, to the A6X in the 4th gen version. Here's what Apple has to say about the A6X:
The new A6X chip inside iPad is up to twice as fast as the previous-generation A5X chip, and it delivers up to twice the graphics performance, without sacrificing battery life. Which means even the most advanced apps are smooth, responsive, and incredibly lifelike.
Apple does claim that the increased graphics performance doesn't change the 10 hour battery life found in earlier iPads, and that certainly is a promise that Apple tends to live up to in its devices.
Apple has also improved the front (FaceTime) camera and brought it up to HD, which should make video calls a lot more clear than before. The LTE network compatibility of the latest and greatest iPad has improved a good deal too, and Sprint's LTE comes under the expanded banner of compatible networks now.
The 4th gen iPad retains the usual pricing of $499 for the 16GB WiFi only version. This version will start shipping in a matter of days, on the 2nd of November. iPads with cellular capabilities are expected to take longer though.