After a week of pre-orders, the newest version of Apple’s full-size tablet was released this morning. The fourth-generation iPad has much in common with the previous version, but includes a much faster processor.
Apple’s claim that this model has twice the performance of its predecessor has been borne up by independent benchmark testing. The increase comes from a new 1.4GHz dual-core Apple A6 chip.
Most of those who put in a pre-order for this tablet will be receiving it today. The device is also available in Apple retail stores.
Aside from the faster processor, the iPad 4th-Gen generally has the same features as its predecessor. This means it is built around a 9.7-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. Its rear-facing camera has a 5MP resolution.
There are a few other improvements, however. The front-facing camera in the iPad 4th-Gen has had its resolution increased so that it can take 720p video, and Apple is taking this opportunity to switch to the smaller Lightning port that debuted on the recently-released iPhone 5.
Price and Availability
Apple has the iPad 4th-Gen in its retail stores now. There might not be enough stock on hand for everyone who wants one today, though. The company is warning customers that pre-orders placed from Apple’s website today won’t ship for a week.
A WiFi-only model with 16GB of storage capacity will sell for $500. The 32GB version is $600, while 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. Adding this feature will cost an additional $130.