iPad 4 specs and features unveiled, as Apple refreshes flagship iPad a second time this year

by: Chris SmithOctober 23, 2012

Today’s Apple event was supposed to be about the iPad mini – as well as new Mac products – and we certainly did not expect the company to unveil the iPad 4 already. Sure, there were plenty of fourth-generation iPad-related reports out there, but we only thought Apple would update its iPad 3 and launch a full-fledged iPad 4 next year.

The iPad 4 is going to essentially be similar to the current iPad 3 – and yes, they’ll call it the “new iPad.” But there are some changes that you should be aware of, so here’s what’s new:

  • 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 will be available in the same configurations as the previous generation, with prices starting at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version and at $629 for the 16GB Cellular + Wi-Fi version. 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.

Apple is also keeping around the second-generation iPad, which is available in a 16GB capacity only priced at $399 or $529, depending on pricing.

  • Kok Hean

    iPad 3S

    • Ayman Kouzayha

      iPad 3L from Lightning :P

    • Apple Blows

      More like IPad 3.0000001

  • Luis Leon

    I’ll be first and say, FUCK APPLE!!!!!!! :D feels good to say it! Yeah!!!!

  • dro_ID

    It’s hilarious that each iteration of an Apple product is 2x, 4x or Nx better than the previous generation :) Although is off topic, each iteration of iOS has additional 200 features! With no exceptions :)
    Seriously, they claim each product is the best ever in the world, they always poke the competition’s products, pretending iDevices are the pure perfection…
    When the competition releases a better products at least in terms of “specs”, Apple comes telling “Wait, specs are dead!” But when they manage to improve the specs, suddenly… “specs are alive!”I am glad that specs went up a bit, but c’mon Apple… be fair with all and admit when you fail, and not least, lower your nose from the peak of your arrogance.They always compare some apps as the Android ones are crap, but Apple never says a word about their Maps, they never quote Charlie Miller telling how easy to be hacked is iOS…
    This is why I do not like Apple…

    • MasterMuffin

      You can say that in two simple words: fuck apple! :D

  • NicholasMicallef

    Why did they not replace the ipad 2 with the ipad 3 and just stop producing the ipad 2?

    • rsanchez1

      Money money money money… MONEY.

    • money money

    • Marvin Nakajima

      I heard a rumor that the iPad mini will replace the iPad2 allowing for a smooth device progression from iPod Touch to mini to ‘new’ iPads. The mini is in kind of a tight spot since they can’t price it too low that it may affect iPod Touch sales and too high to affect its own sales vs normal sized iPads.

      • NicholasMicallef

        Well that rumor turned out not to be true, since they are continuing the iPad 2 but dropping the iPad 3

  • rsanchez1

    I wonder how people who bought the iPad 3 feel about this.

    • I want to jump off a cliff.

      lol not really because I bought my iPad 3 in April/May and have been using it ever since. This is just an iterative update, which doesn’t surprise me at all. They had all the technology kicking around so it makes PERFECT SENSE for them to upgrade the 3..and with the new naming conventions, they don’t need to call it the ‘iPad 3S’

      • LOL in march comes ipad 5

      • Marvin Nakajima

        Exactly. They don’t need to change the name if they will simply replace the former ‘new’ iPad with the NEW ‘new’ iPad..

    • i heard* that if you bought an ipad 3 in the past 30 days , you can ask for a swap at select retailers.

  • nexus 7!.rules.:! imwainting. 29 oct.! the new nexus 10..! OMG

  • With Sprint lte? Rofl go on fanboys, buy away, and sit with Crap coverage and speed until the end of 2013 when Sprint finally gets their network together, then buy the iPad 5 or 6 because it will be out by then! Apple cracks me up!

  • fuck apple!!!!!!!!!!! what should we do for the new ipad !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!fuck you apple!!!!!!!!!!1

  • olbp

    Now THIS is what we were actually EXPECTING when the maxi pad 3 first came out. About time. Too bad is will shortly be trailing the pack, again.