Apple surprised many people when it unveiled the fourth-generation iPad this week. This tablet, a moderately-updated version of its predecessor, is now available for pre-order.
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. Although Apple has kept quiet on the exact clock speed, the company said this chip will offer twice the performance of its predecessor.
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.
Orders placed today will arrive on Friday, Nov. 2, a week from today and the official launch date for this product.
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.
When the iPad 4th-Gen was announced, the third-generation model disappeared from Apple’s website. It has not returned.
The fact that Apple release an updated version of this tablet in about half a year angered many of those who purchased this device, as they feel their device was made obsolete very quickly.