Those who want Apple’s newest iPad will have to wait at least a week to get it. The fourth generation of this 9.7-inch tablet is now backordered.
Apple surprised almost everyone last Wednesday when it announced that the “new iPad”, which debuted in the spring, had already been discontinued. This model is being replaced with an updated version that will include a processor that is promised to be twice as fast.
Consumers were able to start putting in pre-orders for the iPad 4th-Gen on Friday, but Apple ran out today. Apple says that orders for this tablet placed now won’t ship until next week. It’s no longer possible to pre-order one and have it arrive on launch day: Friday, Nov. 2.
Still, those who just can’t wait a few extra days have the option to go to an Apple store on Friday and attempt to get a unit from the stock reserved for this purpose.
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This device can be thought of as a “speed bumped” version of its predecessor — a sort of iPad 3S. The major change is a faster processor: an Apple A6X rather than the A6 that is in the model released in the spring.
In addition, the front-facing camera in the iPad 4th-Gen is being improved so that it can take 720p video.
Apple is taking the this opportunity to switch to the smaller Lightning port that debuted on the recently-released iPhone 5. This means users of this model will need an adapter use cables designed for previous iPads.
For the most part, this model is going to have the same features as the third-generation iPad. This means it will be built around a 9.7-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. Its rear-facing camera will have a 5MP resolution.
The prices for iPad 4th-Gen version are the same as the ones for its predecessor, so a WiFi-only model with 16GB of storage capacity can be pre-ordered now for $500. The 32GB version is $600, and the 64GB one is $700.
Versions of this tablet with support for Verizon’s, AT&T’s, or Sprint’s 4G LTE networks will be available in mid-November. This feature will cost an additional $130.