While yesterdays highlight was arguably the announcement of the new 7.9-inch iPad Mini (or some would say the new iMacs), Apple also announced that the current version of the iPad is being replaced after only 6 months with the new iPad 4. It looks like Apple is back to using the numbered versions again after just calling the iPad 3 the ‘New iPad’.
So what is different with the new iPad 4 compared to the iPad 3? The major changes can be found in the addition of the Lightning Connector to replace the 30-pin connector and the front camera becoming a Facetime HD camera. On the inside Apple has upgraded the unit to the new A6X chip, which is said to boost performance significantly, with twice the CPU and graphics performance compared to the previous A5X chip found in the iPad 3. This should help driving the high retina display resolution. It is also reported to boost battery operating time to 10 hours.
Other changes include faster Wi-Fi speed through support for 802.11n, as well as the addition of wider 4G LTE support, including the UK.
New iPad 4 price and availability
Apple has now scrapped the iPad 3 from their online store and replaced it with the iPad 4, which can be pre-ordered from the 26th October with shipping starting on the 2nd November. Below is an overview of the new pricing (comparison tables to follow):
- iPad 4 16GB WiFi – £399
- iPad 4 32GB WiFi – £479
- iPad 4 64GB WiFi – £559
- iPad 4 16GB WiFi + Cellular – £499
- iPad 4 32GB WiFi + Cellular – £579
- iPad 4 64GB WiFi + Cellular – £659
Apple updating the original size iPad this early is breaking with the normal product upgrade cycle, and many of you might have bought the iPad 3 in the recent months, perhaps feeling slightly cheated that a new version is already out? This is not confirmed, but Cnet is reporting that some US stores are informing customers that they will exchange their mint condition iPad 3′s for the new iPad 4 if bought within the last 30 days. If this is true or not, and if it will happen in the UK remains to be heard.