When our pals at Tap! magazine looked at the third generation new iPad, they suggested that it might be one to skip: while it was a decent enough device, the next one would be even better. It looks like they were right: the fourth generation iPad, announced today, is significantly faster than its predecessor, and while it's hardly a ground-up reimagining of the entire iPad concept it's still a lovely bit of hardware. So what's new?
The iPad 4 processor is new, and better
Apple's latest iPad comes with its latest processor: an A6X, which Apple says delivers twice the CPU and graphics performance as the A5X. The processor also includes improved image signal processing technology, which should improve the results from the iPad 4's updated 5-megapixel camera. Once again claimed battery life is 10 hours.
The iPad 4 has a Lightning connector
The Dock continues its disappearing act, with the fourth generation iPad dropping it in favor of the smaller, sleeker and considerably less fiddly and annoying Lightning connector.
The iPad 4 does more 4G LTE, including in the UK
The new iPad was supposedly a 4G device, but in the U.K. the Advertising Standards Authority told Apple to stop telling porkies (otherwise known as whoppers to non-British folk): we didn't have a 4G network, and even if we did the new iPad wouldn't have worked on it. The fourth generation iPad, or iPad 4, is a proper 4G device but has support for more LTE 4G bands including Everything Everywhere's band 3 4G LTE.
The iPad 4 has faster Wi-Fi
The fourth generation iPad supports dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, with support for channel bonding to achieve download speeds of up to 150Mbps. The Wi-Fi also supports the older a, b and g WiFi standards.
The iPad 4 is still pretty hefty
Like its predecessor, the iPad 4 is rather heavy: the Wi-Fi only version weighs in at 652g, while the Wi-Fi + Cellular model is 662g. Dimensions are 241.2mm high, 185.7mm wide and 9.4mm deep.
The iPad 4 comes in six different models
As before, there are three storage capacities and both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular models.
The iPad 4 release date is the Nov.2
Like the iPad mini, the iPad 4 can be ordered on Oct. 26 for delivery on Nov. 2. And, 4G-enabled models will ship a few weeks later at the end of November.
The iPad 4 UK price starts at £379, US$499
The Wi-Fi-only iPad 4 starts at £399(US$499, AU$539) for 16GB, £479(US$599, AU$649) for 32GB and £559(US$699, AU$759) for 64GB. The Wi-Fi + Cellular models are £499(US$629, AU$679), £579(US$729, AU$789) and £659(US$829, AU$899) for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB respectively.