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Apple refreshes iPad fourth generation model with A6X processor, Lightning, and new LTE support

News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday October 23, 2012.

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Apple iPad fourth generation
Apple iPad fourth generation

Apple has announced a new iPad only 7 months after it debuted what was previously known as "the new iPad." The fourth generation Apple iPad was unveiled today at a special event where Apple also announced its new iPad Mini, a scaled-down tablet designed for one-handed usage. The fourth generation iPad maintains Apple's higher-scale model with a 9.7-inch screen with Retina Display (264ppi).

Apple's latest iPad has upgraded the processor to a new A6X chip that Apple claims has twice the graphical performance of the A5X. It also upgraded connectivity options by adding cellular models designed for Sprint and EE's growing LTE networks. Following the lead of the iPhone 5, the iPad fourth generation has switched to a Lightning connector, which means buyers will have to upgrade their accessories or purchase a convertor to maintain compatibility.

The device is otherwise similar to the iPad released last spring. It measures 241.2mm x 185.7mm x 9.4mm (9.5in x 7.31in x. 0.37in) and weighs 652g (1.44lb.). The iPad has a 5 megapixel rear camera, a 720p HD front-facing camera, and an advertised 10 hours of battery life when browsing the web on Wi-Fi. The tablet gets only 9 hours when surfing the web on Wi-Fi.

The iPad fourth generation costs $499 for a Wi-Fi-only 16GB model. It begins shipping November 2, but customers can place a pre-order beginning Friday October 26. Cellular models for various carriers will begin shipping two weeks later.

source: Apple

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