What we didn’t expect was Apple to announce a new, full sized iPad. But that’s exactly what they did. And instead of just updating the iPad 3 with a Lightning connector and calling it a day, they’ve bumped the internals as well as the display just leaving the existing form factor.
The iPad 4′s screen is now officially a Retina display, which seems to indicate that almost all Apple products will be Retina enabled in probably a year’s time. For clarity’s sake that’s a 2048×1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch, finished with Apple’s fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. The processor has been bumped to the newer generation Dual-core A6X with quad-core graphics, which is said to be twice as fast as the iPad 3′s. And like the iPad Mini, the iPad 4 boasts dual-band WiFi with channel bonding, which should also speed things up a bit, though how perceivable is always a question. Other than the aforementioned updates, you can expect the same 5-megapixel Facetime camera that can capture full HD video, a 10 hour battery life, LTE connectivity on your choice of Apple certified carrier, and a black or white finish.
Pricing for the new iPad 4 will remain the same as the previous version, with the 16GB WiFi costing $499, and the cellular enabled version starting at $629 in addition to a monthly data plan. Like the Mini you can get the WiFi Only version on November 2nd, with preorders for all models commencing on October 26th.