Apple had released the ‘All New’ iPad 4 Retina just six months after launch of new iPad 3. Some iPad 3 buyers may be upset at Apple for releasing new iPad this early, but you could say it’s really just a hardware upgrade to iPad 3. In fact iPad 3 is plenty fast and worth every penny. Here is what’s new.
The most significant upgrade is the processor. A6X has doubled the performance of A5X we saw in iPad 3. New iPad 4 impressed with score of 1769 in Geekbench app. Same test yield only 768 for iPad 3.
A6X is also to improve image stabilisation and facial recognition of the unchanged 5MP rear facing camera. The front facing 0.3MP camera of iPad 3 gets upgraded to 1.3MP.
WiFi in iPad 4 is to be twice as fast as the one in iPad 3. New Lightning connector we saw in iPhone 5 is now also on iPad 4. It is 80 percent smaller than 30-pin connector on iPad 3. Wi-Fi + Cellular version of iPad 4 will have 4G enabled. Pricing structure is the same as we saw in iPad 3.
Operating system iOS 6 is now standard with new iPad 4. iPad 3’s iOS 5.1 is upgradable to iOS 6.
iPad 3 came with a bang. Display of iPad 3 doubled its pixels from 1024×768 to 2048×1536 giving us almost retina 264 ppi. RAM doubled to 1GB. Web connectivity went from 3G to 4G LTE. Bluetooth connectivity upgraded to 4.0. PowerVR SGX543MP4 graphics quadrupled the performance. Many other upgrades were celebrated including all new Siri.
This new upgrade called iPad Retina can be described in 3 minutes. Here is Phil Schiller doing just that: