The latest 3rd generation iPad by Apple, was released in March so it still pretty much qualifies as new, doesn’t it? Well, not anymore, since on November 2nd Apple introduces an upgraded version of the most popular tablet, known as the 4th generation iPad. It is available online and in Apple stores with the same pricing as its predecessor – a 16 GB Wi-Fi version is selling for $499 and a 16 GB model with cellular data on board costs $629.
Surprised? We are too, along with a number of folks on the tablet market. It is rather unusual to launch a new product only seven months after the previous one, but here it is – a new, perfect gift idea just before holiday season.
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The 4th generation iPad by Apple looks exactly like its older brother, so you probably wonder what is new in the new tablet. For a starter, it is powered by a dual-core A6X chip with quad-core graphics clocked at 1.4 GHz, which, according to the manufacturer provides twice the processing power as the A5X chip in the 3rd generation iPad – both in terms of CPU usage, as well as graphics. The front camera was upgraded to FaceTime HD and offers 1.2 MP photos, 720p HD video, face detection and photo and video geo-tagging. The new iPad also gets dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz), expanded LTE compatibility and the new Lightning connector.
Apart from these, it is just like the “old” iPad, which is not bad, considering that it features the outstanding 9.7‑inch LED-backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology, 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi) and fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, and the great iSight rear camera / camcorder, which offers 5MP photos, 1080p HD video recording, auto focus, video stabilization, face detection, hybrid IR filter and tap to focus video and still images function.
The tablet has 1 GB of RAM and comes in three storage versions: 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. Just like in other Apple products, there is no option of memory expansion. Upgrades did not include the battery life and it still offers up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music, or 1 hour less it you are using cellular data network.
The new 4th generation iPad comes pre-loaded with a number of apps, for example Safari, Newsstand, Apps Store, Maps, Game Center, Photo Booth and of course Siri – the intelligent assistant, which wil help you send messages, set reminders, check the weather, look for locations and more, and provides access to all the Apple service, like iTunes, iCloud and AirPlay to mention just a few.
Other features of the new iPad include: Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack, built-in speaker, microphone, three-axis gyro, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, GPS with GLONASS and digital compass.