It was almost a certainty that the iPad 3 would be getting a refresh on today’s Apple event. Previous rumours pointed towards the inclusion of a lightning port, in accordance with Apple’s move to the smaller connector. Today Apple officially unveiled the 4th generation iPad. It’s a lot like the iPad 3, but with some key differences.
First and foremost, the 4th generation iPad now comes with the all new Lightning connector. This is the new connector we saw on the iPhone 5 and iPod models, and it’s now being adopted into the iPad as well. The 4th generation iPad also comes with a new SoC. The A5X in the iPad 3 is now swapped with the new A6X which Apple claims has double the performance. The 4th generation iPad also gets dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, Sprint and KDDI compatible LTE. A 720p FaceTime camera also included. The rest of the product has remained exactly the same with no changes what so ever; that we currently know of.
Pricing remains the same with the 16GB WiFi version for $499 and a 16GB model with cellular data on board for $629. The 4th generation iPad will be available in Apple stores as well as a host of countries on November 2nd.