In addition to iPad Mini and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, Apple today announced an iPad 4 – an update to its third generation iPad. Apple was expected to launch a tweaked version of the iPad 3 at the “iPad mini” launch event, but in a surprise move it has unveiled an iPad 4 model. Apple’s Phil Schiller claims the 4th Generation iPad A6X processor offers twice the power of the A5X processor seen in the previous iPad 3.
The iPad 4 is essentially similar to the current iPad 3 but comes with performance boost with a new A6X processor, a 720p Facetime camera round front and the new image processor found in the iPhone 5. It also adopts the new Lightning connector that debuted with the fifth generation iPhone and features “expanded” 4G LTE connectivity to help it work across the world, including the UK’s EE network. Fourth generation iPad will deliver up to 10 hours of battery life while surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music and up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network.
To sum up nicely, following are few changes that you should be aware of:
- A6X processor that’s supposed to be twice as fast as the A5X processor
- Better graphics – said to offer twice the performance of the current model
- FaceTime HD camra
- dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi
- 10-hour battery life
- LTE support for Sprint
- Lightning connector
The iPad 4 comes both in black and white with the same pricing and storage configurations as the third-generation iPad models, with prices starting at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version and at $629 for the 16GB Cellular + Wi-Fi version – $170 higher than the 16 GB WiFi iPad Mini that was announced today. The Wi-Fi version can be pre-ordered today and will ship on November 2, while the Cellular + Wi-Fi model will ship two weeks later. All models can be pre-ordered starting with October 26.
Pre-orders for the fourth generation iPad begin on Friday October 26 through the Apple Online Store in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.