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.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."