Surprise! It’s the fourth generation iPad with A6X processor

Surprise! It’s the fourth generation iPad with A6X processorApple has been fairly busy at its “We’ve got a little more to show you” event at the California Theatre in San Jose tonight.

Just one month on from unveiling the iPhone 5 and new iPods, Apple has lifted the lid on the new Mac mini, the 13in Retina MacBook Pro (want), the new iMacs (want), the iPad mini (I’ll get to that shortly), and – as some predicted – a fourth generation iPad.

The fourth generation iPad arrives seven months on from the “new iPad”, breaking from the established annual routine. While it’s a modest upgrade, it’ll undoubtedly serve as enough of a slap in the face to upset some (sniff).

The headline feature on the fourth generation iPad is the new A6X processor, which Apple claims delivers twice the CPU and twice the graphics performance of the A5X chip found on the third generation iPad.

There’s also a 720p Facetime camera on the front for sexier video calls, enhanced Wi-Fi, and support for additional LTE bands. I’ve just read that the UK’s EE is on the list of official carriers. Good stuff.

Fourth generation iPad price remains the same, so you’re looking at  £399 for the 16GB model, all the way up to £659 for 64GB storage and LTE. Oh, and it’s available from November 2 – a week on Friday. EDIT: the cellular models will actually land a couple of weeks after the Wi-Fi only units.

And that’s the fourth generation iPad. Thanks for that, Apple. They took all of three minutes to discuss it. Three short minutes and my life is ruined.

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Pondlife  Oct. 23, 2012 at 20:22

So much of a slap in the face that you (want) more of their stuff.
Not all that modest an upgrade by recent Apple standards...
4g rather less interesting now pricing is in and ludicrous anyway

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 23, 2012 at 20:28

Pondlife  Oct. 23, 2012 at 20:37

Re mini and Jan's table.
Guess retina isn't that important any more eh.
Poor dated spec, high(ish) price, meh, it'll sell loads no doubt though.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 23, 2012 at 20:43

Guess retina isn't that important any more eh.
hahaha...
On the plus side: it has the better camera - something I just can't live without in an 8 inch slab.

I mean, here's Moses trying to capture the golden calf with a 20 inch tab and VGA... clear winner

http://venturebeat.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/tablet.jpg?w=558&h=9999&crop=0

blizzard7  Oct. 23, 2012 at 20:51

Guess retina isn't that important any more eh.
hahaha...
On the plus side: it has the better camera - something I just can't live without in an 8 inch slab.


I really really don't get why bother with a rear-facing camera on low-end tablets. Quick way to save money and weight. Besides, at the Olympics I was astonished to see someone in front of me using an iPad 3 like a camera, then texting on their iPhone 4S. I mean FFS, the iPhone 4S has a better camera.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 23, 2012 at 20:56

Guess retina isn't that important any more eh.
hahaha...
On the plus side: it has the better camera - something I just can't live without in an 8 inch slab.


I really really don't get why bother with a rear-facing camera on low-end tablets. Quick way to save money and weight. Besides, at the Olympics I was astonished to see someone in front of me using an iPad 3 like a camera, then texting on their iPhone 4S. I mean FFS, the iPhone 4S has a better camera.

hahahaha that is extraordinarily daft. #onlyattheolympics (that wasn't Lance Armstrong, by any chance? The text signature prolly said "sent from my SGS3" or sumfink.

Pondlife  Oct. 23, 2012 at 21:07

Guess retina isn't that important any more eh.
hahaha...
On the plus side: it has the better camera - something I just can't live without in an 8 inch slab.

I mean, here's Moses trying to capture the golden calf with a 20 inch tab and VGA... clear winner


Either he's tiny or that's nearer to a 32" tab ;)

rash  Oct. 23, 2012 at 21:27

Looks I almost mistook it for a Galaxy Note!

Jim988  Oct. 23, 2012 at 21:49

iPad mini is poor imo.. Bad specs & expensive.

Ipad 4 isn't a bad deal now, the GPU in the ipad 3 which already had a monsterous lead on android tablets has got even higher in the ipad 4. Wonder what exact PowerVR GPU they used. CPU wise it seems as its the same as in the Iphone 5.

I think only when the Exynos 5250 comes out android will have comparable graphics performance.

Pondlife  Oct. 23, 2012 at 21:53

Hmmm and check all the games reviews from Lewis to see how much good it's doing them....

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 23, 2012 at 21:54

iPad mini is poor imo.. Bad specs & expensive.

Ipad 4 isn't a bad deal now, the GPU in the ipad 3 which already had a monsterous lead on android tablets has got even higher in the ipad 4. Wonder what exact PowerVR GPU they used. CPU wise it seems as its the same as in the Iphone 5.

I think only when the Exynos 5250 comes out android will have comparable graphics performance.


Been playing around with a Galaxy Note 2 since Friday (admittedly, I bored of it quickly).
What strikes me: The Note 2 is arguably one of the most powerful Android devices, yet:

scroll long lists, and guess what - jitter... on the 5in plus screen it's very annoying. Glaringly so... It's something Google and its OEMs really need to work on.

Jim988  Oct. 23, 2012 at 21:54

Hmmm and check all the games reviews from Lewis to see how much good it's doing them....

On paper its a monstrous lead..but in real life performance the lead is nowhere near as big.


@Jan I've bought a Galaxy Note 2, and can honestly say its the only phone where ive had next to no problems with, and can't see myself having a desire to upgrade anytime soon. My HTC One X on the other hand was a disaster...terrible device.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 23, 2012 at 22:31

Hmmm and check all the games reviews from Lewis to see how much good it's doing them....

On paper its a monstrous lead..but in real life performance the lead is nowhere near as big.


@Jan I've bought a Galaxy Note 2, and can honestly say its the only phone where ive had next to no problems with, and can't see myself having a desire to upgrade anytime soon. My HTC One X on the other hand was a disaster...terrible device.


Yeah, well... I haven't made it a secret that I'm not a big Android fan. I have owned a few, tried many more for 2, 3 weeks a pop... On paper I like Android, in real life I don't like it. Purely personal 'taste', i guess.
I do find the Note 2 stunning. Incredibly fast etc etc... 9.5/10. Yet, I know in a week I'll not touch it. And I find the new S-Pen - though improved - is still too fiddly.
Handwriting 'recognition' is quite impressive, though. And video playback beats most laptops.

Jim988  Oct. 23, 2012 at 22:45

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Yeah, well... I haven't made it a secret that I'm not a big Android fan. I have owned a few, tried many more for 2, 3 weeks a pop... On paper I like Android, in real life I don't like it. Purely personal 'taste', i guess.
I do find the Note 2 stunning. Incredibly fast etc etc... 9.5/10. Yet, I know in a week I'll not touch it. And I find the new S-Pen - though improved - is still too fiddly.
Handwriting 'recognition' is quite impressive, though. And video playback beats most laptops.


I am basically the opposite.. Big android fan but can't stand iOS. Had to use an Iphone 3GS while transitioning from HTC One X to Note 2 and it felt like going back 10 years. Although i would be open to give Windows Phone another try now its matured, but would never go to iOS in a million years.

The Note 2 is such an epic device; size is brilliant for watching videos, battery is phenomenal. I tend to get 6-8 hours screen on time with heavy usage compared to my One X which failed after about 2-3 hours. S Pen is surprisingly useful, but i do not use it a great deal, handy for keeping a clean screen. I was pleasantly surprised by the handwriting recognition too, very accurate. Other features such as Multi Window multitasking, made me actually keep touchwiz with no desire of going AOSP (CM10, AOKP etc) which i normally do straight away.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 23, 2012 at 22:51

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Yeah, well... I haven't made it a secret that I'm not a big Android fan. I have owned a few, tried many more for 2, 3 weeks a pop... On paper I like Android, in real life I don't like it. Purely personal 'taste', i guess.
I do find the Note 2 stunning. Incredibly fast etc etc... 9.5/10. Yet, I know in a week I'll not touch it. And I find the new S-Pen - though improved - is still too fiddly.
Handwriting 'recognition' is quite impressive, though. And video playback beats most laptops.


I am basically the opposite.. Big android fan but can't stand iOS. Had to use an Iphone 3GS while transitioning from HTC One X to Note 2 and it felt like going back 10 years. Although i would open to give Windows Phone another try now its matured, but would never go to iOS in a million years.

The Note 2 is such an epic device; size is brilliant for watching videos, battery is phenomenal. I tend to get 6-8 hours screen on time with heavy usage compared to my One X which failed after about 2-3 hours. S Pen is surprisingly useful, but i do not use it a great deal, handy for keeping a clean screen.


One X was horrible in terms of battery life. Pathetic.
Not an iOS fan, either. The iTunes slavery is not my thing. I like quite a few iOS apps, and especially on tabs, I don't find any Android apps appealing. But again: aesthetics/taste...
I use an N9 as my main device. And, tbh, I don't see that change until some real innovation
seeds a new breed of smartphones.
Of the new WP bunch the Lumia 920 has some of my interest - mainly for the camera.
But I deeply detest Microsoft. :))

Pondlife  Oct. 24, 2012 at 08:33

Wonder if there will still be new iPad in spring or if this has altered launch times drastically.

If they take on this schedule going forward maybe we'll see a new iPhone in spring too... ;)

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