4th Generation iPad Reviews: Faster, Better Camera, Lightning Port

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Besides the iPad mini, Apple is launching another new iPad on Friday -- the 4th Generation iPad. The embargo has been lifted on those reviews as well, though they contain no real surprises. The 4th Generation iPad came out only seven months after the 3rd Generation model.

    Image from CNet
    The changes include a faster A6X processor running at 1.4GHz allowing the device to run twice as fast as its predecessor. The new processor doesn't worsen battery life. Engadget's testing even showed it to be slightly improved. The front facing camera has been upgraded to take HD video, and the only other external change is the replacement of the 30 pin dock connector with the new smaller Lightning connector. CNet sums it up:
    The other interesting effect the new iPad has on Apple's product line is that it increases the gap between the iPad 2 and the "new iPad". Apple has chosen to keep the iPad 2 at the $399 starting price point and simply retired the 3rd Generation model, replacing it with the new one. That $100 difference between the two models now represent a larger feature gap than before.

    Full reviews:

    - Engadget
    - CNet
    - SlashGear
    - The Verge

    Article Link: 4th Generation iPad Reviews: Faster, Better Camera, Lightning Port
  2. mrfoof82 macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2010
    Boston, MA
    A bit better battery life as well -- not only better than the 3rd generation iPad, but also the iPad 2.
  3. Sixtafoua macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2009
    Boston, MA
    The reviews are in: the 4th gen iPad does in fact have a lighting connector.
  4. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Lovely. My "new iPad" lasted all of 7 months. Is that the shortest product life cycle ever for an Apple product?

    (Of course, it still works fine, and I will continue to use it. It's just never a nice feeling knowing your product got superseded by the new model -- twice as fast even -- while yours isn't even out of warranty yet. Oh well...)
  5. davidinva macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2009
    Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, USA
    Got my iPad 3 in April and see no compelling reason to get the 4. Will wait another cycle or 2 as long as this one works for me.
  6. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    Same here. It runs iOS6 fine and I'm not one of these people.
  7. AngerDanger macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    Lightning Port – wow, how insightful. It's nice when reviewers take the time to highlight all the hidden features. :rolleyes:
  8. Gnomepatrol macrumors member


    Dec 22, 2011
    Metro East Area
    You shouldn't feel compelled at all to upgrade. I am glad you aren't. THe iPad3 is a great piece of hardware and there is no reason to move from it to the new iPad refresh.
  9. ALMF macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2012
    I understand how you, me, and many can fell that way. But we buy products to last not be the new new. Most all have a car a generation or design back, why should a mini computer be any different. Sooner than later there will be a new new.

    But what frustrates me more is that i have to read the Stouf**rs lasagna cooking direction every time. They change that far more often. We are beta.
  10. bobsimmons macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2009
  11. Supra Mac macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2012
    The "iPad 3" also known as the "iPad 2 w/Retina display"
  12. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    I upgraded from the 2 to the 3, but definitely won't be going from the 3 to the 4. Glad to see some improvements, however.

    Can't wait to see the 5th generation though! Wouldn't be surprised if it followed the iPad Mini - narrower sides, anodized backside, thinner, lighter. Would be nice!
  13. Joe-Diver macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2009
    Sure there is...it's the last generation and obsolete. It's slower, less capable and out of date. Why keep old tech? It's useless.

    :p I'm just kidding of course.....calm down.....
  14. Mr Fusion, Oct 30, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2012

    Mr Fusion macrumors 6502a

    Mr Fusion

    May 7, 2007
    No IGZO no buy.

    Sharp's shipping IGZO screens en masse this quarter. Why not use it to create a thinner, lighter iPad?

    This is tech that was supposed to be used for iPad 3, but now hasn't even made it into iPad 4.

    I don't need an overweight overheating beast to lug around. I'll wait for the next one.
  15. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    The only thing I want to know: does it still get "hot" in your hands like the 3rd gen does? First gen always pleasantly cool to the touch.
  16. ChuckG macrumors member


    May 27, 2007
    Someone needs to create a minimalist dock with a Lightning connector for iPad 4 and iPhone 5. I simply can't believe Phil Schiller thinks a smaller connector obviates the elegance of a charging dock, especially for a device as heavy as the iPad.

    I preordered my iPad 4, despite losing the dock. Let's hope the A6X performance bump over the A5X is worth it.
  17. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    I'd like a heavy aluminum dock that can hold both the ipad and iPhone and charge them both as well as sync.
  18. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    I'm on the fence about this one.

    I find my iPad 3 to be slow with iBooks (particularly ones with audio) and other apps (like DJ, iPhoto, SnapSeed, etc). However, I did not plan on purchasing another iPad this year.

    My iPhone 5 with its A6 performs much better when using those apps (apps are more responsive, they launch faster, iBooks doesn't slow to a crawl, etc).

    It's a tough call for a serious iPad user that would actually see a benefit from the A6X processor, but I feel like they're sticking it to me.

    Then again, my iPad is now my primary computing device.
  19. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
    Yeah I was also an iPad3 early adopter.
    From what I've been reading of the iPad Mini reviews, I may just get the next generation of that model (whenever it gets a retina screen).
  20. JoeyCloverfield macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2012
    Does anyone else think the "iPad 3 to 4" upgrade is the same as the "iPhone 4 to 4S" upgrade?

    Didn't the 4S only get a better processor and camera? I might be remembering wrong. (BTW, I'm talking about hardware, not software.)
  21. ChuckG macrumors member


    May 27, 2007
    I'm pretty sure it's something we'll see in a redesigned iPad 5 next fall. Jony Ive probably feels that a dramatically thinner display warrants a rethinking of the enclosure and not another tweak to the existing enclosure (like the thicker iPad 3 and 4 vs iPad 2).

    Besides, the iPad 5 will probably borrow some design cues from the iPad mini, such as the chamfered edge, anodized back, speaker grille, and ultra-thin profile.
  22. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Well, and Siri.
  23. iRCL macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2011
    Sell it on craigslist and buy a new one

    Or deal with it
  24. Hakone macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2011
    Southern California
    Over double the benchmark of the previous Gen 3 for the same price. How can that not be a sweet deal?

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