iPad 4 Officially Announced: Pricing, Specs And Availability

Last week and today we saw the leaked photos of the purported Lightning dock connector for an iPad 4, suggesting as next-generation iPad, which is been redesigned to accommodate a wide range of new components. Today, we got the official word about it and iPad 4 announced at the iPad mini event.

The Retina-displaying, 9.7-inch iPad complete with all the bells and whistles. Released back in March, the 3rd-Gen Apple slate brought a host of new performance and improvements on its predecessor such as AX5 processor for quad-core graphics, and today, in line with some great changes made by Apple, a slightly-amended version of the tablet, dubbed as iPad 4th-generation has been announced. Coming straight to the point: the fourth generation iPad comes with a faster processor, better cameras, availability on more wireless carriers and a certain improved connectivity port.

 

Talking about Specs:

Poses with Apple A6X processor with double the graphics performance, front facing FaceTime camera updated to HD, expanded LTE support for UK and other European countries, faster Wi-Fi, lightning connector.  It includes the iPad 3?s stellar 10 hour battery life, FaceTime HD in 720 HD (the one weakness of the iPad 3 was the weak VGA resolution FaceTime camera.) The LTE version will also benefit from expanded LTE coverage and the WiFi’s been expanded too. This isn’t just an update for the Lightning cable, it’s a huge spec bump.

Being a 4th-generation iPad, the iPad 4 will include a number of connection kits available for the new-generation. The camera connection kit will include a SD reader and a Lightning to USB host. Have support for USB headphones and keyboards, the new Camera Connection  kit will be having the similar hidden feature and also the company revealed the cables for HDMA and VGA out, which will be to put iPad’s content directly on the screen without relying oin an Apple TV or AirPlay at all.

The announcement comes straight from Senior VP, Phil Schiller at the Apple media event at California Theatre in San Jose, CA.

The internal hardware; The 3rd-generation iPad that was announced earlier this year came with an upgraded version of A5processor in the iPad 2, which called itself “AX5”. It had quad-core graphics to support the doubled resolution, but the same general performance as the iPad 2. Now, Apple has introduced the A6X. Over the A5X, it has twice the general and graphical performance while maintaining the same 10 hour battery life. Faster than is compared to the A6 chip in iPhone 5.

The Camera: the rear camera is of the same impressive-for-a-tablet 5-megapixel variety, the front-facing camera is now HD much like the iPhone 5 “FaceTime HD” camera. This will reduce the disparity that was so obvious on the third-generation iPad with its higher-than-HD resolution but “VGA quality” FaceTime camera.

The Connectivity: Generally, AT&T and Verizon – Apple has confirmed that Sprint will also be carrying the fourth generation iPad with support for its LTE network. Wi-Fi technology has also been further advanced, with support for 2.4GHz / 5GHz frequencies and channel bonding.

Pricing And Availability: You can make a purchase of iPad 4 in black or white, in storage limits as 16GB ($499), 32GB ($599) and 64GB ($699) configurations for Wi-Fi-only models. If planning to buy the 4G LTE model, you can get it at a respective storage configuration by paying the usual $130 on top.