Apple updates the 9.7-inch iPad with the new 4th generation iPad

Now here’s something that caught most of us off-guard. As you may recall, the so called “new iPad” was introduced by Apple only six months ago and you wouldn’t expect to come up with a new model in such a short span of time. But Apple did it as it launched the new 4th generation iPad.

Many got pissed, some laughed about it but at the end of the day, it’s still Apple who has the last decision. So instead of getting mad at Apple for those who just bought the 3rd generation iPad, let’s shrug it off and welcome the 4th generation of iPad. For whatever reasons that Apple may have in bringing the 4th gen iPad this early, we couldn’t help but respect them.

Having said that, what then are the new features of the 4th generation iPad that make it different from the 3rd generation iPad? Nothing much really in terms of numbers but moreso in terms of performance improvement. For one thing, the new iPad will now have the A6X chip, the same one used in the iPhone 5. Aside from that it will also feature FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless performance. Apple also has to update the new iPad’s connector to the now Apple standard lightning pin connector.

It will also have the same 9.7-inch Retina display and will have 10 hours of battery life and worldwide LTE support.

The 4th generation iPad will be available on November in the following countries – US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Pre-orders on the new iPad will start October 26, 2012.

And the 4th generation iPad will have the following prices – $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, and $699 for the 64GB model. All these are WiFi only iPads. The iPad WiFi+Cellular will be available in a couple of weeks after the iPad WiFi model has been released.

So, question? Should you be getting the 4th generation iPad? The answer depends on several factors. If you have an iPad model prior to the 3rd generation you obviously should be getting the 4th generation iPad. The 3rd generation iPad has already been removed from the Apple Store which means that Apple will start supporting it so there’s no reason to upgrade from iPad and iPad 2 to iPad 3.

If you just bought the iPad 3, of course, there’s no compelling reason to get the iPad 4. The A6x chip and other features are not really that great to merit an upgrade in such a short span of time.

If this is your first time to buy an iPad, go ahead and splurge on the new iPad or consider getting the iPad Mini as well.

Via Apple

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