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Apple iPad 4 review

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In announcing the fourth-generation iPad and breaking a three-year tradition of selling only one new tablet a year, Apple has caused some outrage among iPad 3 owners. But Apple needed to shorten the product cycle to add tweaks and improvements to the iPad amid a flurry of Windows 8 and Android tablets offered by other device-makers.

Marketed as "iPad with Retina display", this latest model features a faster A6X chip, an improved front facing camera, and the more compact and durable connector called Lightning which was introduced with the iPhone 5.

Benchmarks have confirmed that the iPad 4's A6X dual-core 1.4GHz processor alongside 1GB of RAM offers over two times the performance of the previous model. The new chip doesn't worsen battery life, giving users up to 10 hours of video. Although the rear iSight 5-megapixel camera remains the same, this model also features a front-facing FaceTime camera that has been upgraded to HD status to offer 720p video recording and sharper self-portraits.

Beyond that, the improvements are undoubtedly marginal over the seven month old iPad 3. It has the same 2,048 x 1,536 pixel Retina display on its 9.7-inch screen and other than its new 9-pin dock connector, is the same design, size (including 9.4 mm thickness), and weight (650 grams).

At release, the $499 iPad 4 will ship with iOS 6.0, which includes the Siri digital assistant and 200 new features. iPad 3 launched with iOS 5.1, which had YouTube and Google Maps among the pre-installed apps. iOS 6 kicked out Google Maps and replaced it with Apple's own map service which has had numerous issues. Despite this, iOS is still second to none in terms of functionality and app selection, of which there are now over 275,000 specifically designed for a tablet.

While the latest iPad doesn't offer dramatic changes, it does improve on an already amazing device. Those of you in the market for a new tablet or using an iPad 2 - this is the best 10" tablet on the market and you are sure to be enchanted. iPad 3 owners - you should probably sit this one out.

Need to know: Apple iPad 4

1. Faster A6X processor adds extra system speed and graphics power. (The Good)

2. The widest selection of tablet-optimized apps. (The Good)

3. Offers few improvements over its predecessor. (The Bad)

4. Expensive, especially if adding the LTE feature. (The Bad)


Operating system
iOS
Processor
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
9.7"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Expert Reviews

As we've come to expect from an Apple product, iOS is incredibly smooth. Every single transition and operation happens incredibly smoothly and there's none of the inherent jerkiness you get with an Android device. Web browsing is an absolute pleasure, with even the most complex sites rendering quick...

- David Ludlow, Expert Reviews
What Hi-Fi

With this kind of processing power and all-round performance it’s easy to see why the iPad is so popular. The benchmark has been set extremely high. Let’s just hope its rivals aren’t down and out already.

- What Hi-Fi team, What Hi-Fi
ITProPortal

Apple’s new iPad is quite simply the best 10in tablet out there. The iPad’s performance is head and shoulders above the competition, and it provides a premium screen and processor to match its premium price. The iPad's expansive library of tablet-focused apps is also a big tick for the Apple tablet.

- Sascha Segan, ITProPortal
Laptop Magazine

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- Daniel Berg, Laptop Magazine
TabletPCReview

Many would argue that the iPad 4 came out sooner than it should have, or criticize that there really isn't any difference between this and the third gen iPad... both statements aren't too far from the truth.The fact of the matter is however, with a newer faster processor on what already was one of t...

- Louie Tran, TabletPCReview


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Screen Size
9.7"

The Apple iPad 4's screen size is 9.7 inches with 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a Apple A6X Dual core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the iOS 6 (Update Available: 9) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32/64/128 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64/ 128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
11560mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 11560 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are 30 days standby time, 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

iPad 4 Specs

Overview
Release date November 2, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 6 (Update Available: 9)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Apple A6X Dual core 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32/64/ 128 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.08 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 11560 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 30 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 24.1 x 18.6 x 0.9 cm (9.5 x 7.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 652 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels
Pixel density 264 pixels
Size 9.7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Retina Display
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key Yes
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, ƒ/2.4 aperture, Backside illumination, Five-element lens, Hybrid IR filter
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Face detection, Geotagging
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC, AAC+, AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, GIF, HTML, JPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TIFF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): iPad 4th Generation Wi-Fi, Apple iPad Wi-Fi with Retina Display, iPad 4 Wi-Fi

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Critic Reviews


Expert Reviews

Still the ultimate tablet

from Expert Reviews

As we've come to expect from an Apple product, iOS is incredibly smooth. Every single transition and operation happens incredibly smoothly and there's none of the inherent jerkiness you get with an Android device. Web browsing is an absolute pleasure, with even the most complex sites rendering qu...More

As we've come to expect from an Apple product, iOS is incredibly smooth. Every single transition and operation happens incredibly smoothly and there's none of the inherent jerkiness you get with an Android device. Web browsing is an absolute pleasure, with even the most complex sites rendering quickly, while pinching to zoom is incredibly smooth. In terms of day-to-day performance, the iPad is still the tablet to beat.

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What Hi-Fi

Undoubtedly the best version to date

from What Hi-Fi

With this kind of processing power and all-round performance it’s easy to see why the iPad is so popular. The benchmark has been set extremely high. Let’s just hope its rivals aren’t down and out already.

Read full review

With this kind of processing power and all-round performance it’s easy to see why the iPad is so popular. The benchmark has been set extremely high. Let’s just hope its rivals aren’t down and out already.

Read full review

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ITProPortal

Incredibly fast and gorgeous screen

from ITProPortal

Apple’s new iPad is quite simply the best 10in tablet out there. The iPad’s performance is head and shoulders above the competition, and it provides a premium screen and processor to match its premium price. The iPad's expansive library of tablet-focused apps is also a big tick for the Apple tablet.

Read full review

Apple’s new iPad is quite simply the best 10in tablet out there. The iPad’s performance is head and shoulders above the competition, and it provides a premium screen and processor to match its premium price. The iPad's expansive library of tablet-focused apps is also a big tick for the Apple tablet.

Read full review

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Laptop Magazine

The new iPad crams double the performance into the same beautiful package

from Laptop Magazine

The look and feel of Apple's iPad hasn't changed, but it's what's inside that really counts. The fourth-generation iPad blows away previous models in terms of performance benchmarks, doubling the computing and graphics processing of the third-generation model. Apple stirred up controversy by releasing this tablet less than a year after the first Retina iPad, but the company has never delayed a product for fear of trumping itself....

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The look and feel of Apple's iPad hasn't changed, but it's what's inside that really counts. The fourth-generation iPad blows away previous models in terms of performance benchmarks, doubling the computing and graphics processing of the third-generation model. Apple stirred up controversy by releasing this tablet less than a year after the first Retina iPad, but the company has never delayed a product for fear of trumping itself.

In everyday use, the new iPad has faster app loading times and the zippier Wi-Fi, but these differences weren't that noticeable until we pulled out the stopwatch. However, the new iPad has both eyes pointing forward, and the extra processing capacity will allow this device to remain competitive and run the most demanding apps well into the future.

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TabletPCReview

Beautiful Screen and great performance

from TabletPCReview

Many would argue that the iPad 4 came out sooner than it should have, or criticize that there really isn't any difference between this and the third gen iPad... both statements aren't too far from the truth.

The fact of the matter is however, with a newer faster processor on what already wa...More

Many would argue that the iPad 4 came out sooner than it should have, or criticize that there really isn't any difference between this and the third gen iPad... both statements aren't too far from the truth.

The fact of the matter is however, with a newer faster processor on what already was one of the best tablets out there makes this a first choice for those who are in the market for one.

Read full review

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Beta News

Faster, with better visuals and some clever touches

from Beta News

Was it worth the upgrade from iPad 2? For me, yes. Faster, with better visuals and some clever touches. For other iPad 2 owners, who aren’t overly bothered about things like the Retina display, there isn’t such a pressing need to upgrade, especially given the price.

There’s definitely...More

Was it worth the upgrade from iPad 2? For me, yes. Faster, with better visuals and some clever touches. For other iPad 2 owners, who aren’t overly bothered about things like the Retina display, there isn’t such a pressing need to upgrade, especially given the price.

There’s definitely no need to upgrade from an iPad 3. Am I happy with my choice of tablet -- unquestionably so. Do I think it’s the best tablet on the market? Personally, yes, but it's really just a matter of preference now, and the next time I come to upgrade it’s likely I'll be considering the competition's offerings much more closely.

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GSMArena

It's the same tablet as the one released in March, with the class-leading Retina display and a welcome boost to the processing power

The hardware is top notch and iOS still has by far the best and biggest collection of tablet-optimized apps. For the first time though, it seems that record-doubling and tripling sales are a tad less certain for the Cupertino flagship slate. The Apple iPad 4 has to share the spotlight with the mi...More

The hardware is top notch and iOS still has by far the best and biggest collection of tablet-optimized apps. For the first time though, it seems that record-doubling and tripling sales are a tad less certain for the Cupertino flagship slate. The Apple iPad 4 has to share the spotlight with the mini, and cannot count on too many iPad 3 owners getting a massive urge to upgrade.

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EverythingiCafe

Super fast processor with improved front-facing camera and Retina display is simply stunning

from EverythingiCafe

In late March, 2012, we gave the iPad 3 a score of 9. That’s close to perfect and the fourth generation iPad edges closer, but it’s not there yet. Apple has upgraded the processor in the iPad 4 to the A6X, offering up to twice the processing power found in the previous model. Combined...More

In late March, 2012, we gave the iPad 3 a score of 9. That’s close to perfect and the fourth generation iPad edges closer, but it’s not there yet. Apple has upgraded the processor in the iPad 4 to the A6X, offering up to twice the processing power found in the previous model. Combined with upgrades to the front-facing camera and promises of faster WiFi connections, these are welcome improvements. They don’t however address the issue of heft, which one could assume is a difficult engineering feat. The fourth generation iPad (2012) continues its march towards perfection and still reigns supreme as the absolute best tablet available today.

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Mashable

A turbocharged tablet with nothing to do

from Mashable

So while the iPad 4 isn't worth the upgrade for iPad 3 owners, for anyone else thinking about a new full-size tablet this holiday, the choice is clear. The iPad, already the standard-bearer in the category, is now twice as powerful, has even faster connectivity and — oh yeah — is supported by the most consistent and easy-to-use mobile ecosystem in existence and the deepest tablet app selection by far....

More

So while the iPad 4 isn't worth the upgrade for iPad 3 owners, for anyone else thinking about a new full-size tablet this holiday, the choice is clear. The iPad, already the standard-bearer in the category, is now twice as powerful, has even faster connectivity and — oh yeah — is supported by the most consistent and easy-to-use mobile ecosystem in existence and the deepest tablet app selection by far.

Rival tablets may be able to beat Apple on price, and perhaps even a spec or two, but no one else comes close in terms of experience. Come to your senses and get an iPad already. There's a reason it's the most popular tablet in the world, and it's never been clearer than in the iPad 4.

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Macworld

Unquestionably Apple’s most powerful iPad to date

from Macworld

Given that the fourth-generation model surfaced just six months after the third-generation, it makes sense that this iteration is a more modest improvement on its predecessor.

Yes, the fourth-generation iPad may have been overshadowed by the announcement of its svelte new sibling, but that...More

Given that the fourth-generation model surfaced just six months after the third-generation, it makes sense that this iteration is a more modest improvement on its predecessor.

Yes, the fourth-generation iPad may have been overshadowed by the announcement of its svelte new sibling, but that’s no reason to look down your nose at the more zaftig model. It may look more or less identical to the third-generation model, but make no mistake, it’s the most powerful iPad yet, and a harbinger of things to come. Simply put, the fourth-generation iPad is a case of Apple putting its best iPad forward.

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