What's the difference between an iPad 3 and iPad 4?

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  1. bonskovsky, Feb 21, 2013
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    macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2012
    I apparently missed something because I never knew Apple came out with an iPad 4. What's the difference?
  2. L2gbrian, Feb 21, 2013
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    Jan 5, 2010
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    Jan 16, 2013
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2012
    I don't think there's a such thing as an iPad 4, I mean, when you walk into the store it just says iPad with retina display.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2011
    You serious or trolling?

    The main difference in how to tell is the usb connectors. If it's lightning connector, then that's the iPad 4. Otherwise, it's the iPad 3 if it's the old usb connector.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2006
    The iPad 4 has a lightning connector instead of the 30 pin connector,
    It also charges 45% faster than the 30 pin connector.

    The processor is slightly faster in the iPad4.

    iPad 3 has an a5x processor, iPad 4 has an a6x processor.
  7. Guest

    You've made 482 posts (mostly in the iphone/ipad forums) since Dec 31 and you've never heard of the ipad 4? Doubt it.

    I think it's more likely that you're on some sort of mission to start about 10 threads everyday.
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2012
    I didn't notice any of that when I was looking at it in the store. Did you notice that Apple never advertised the iPad 4, because there is no such thing. These are both the same product apparently and I wouldn't doubt that an Apple store would willfully exchange one for the other by request.
  9. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Sure man. Buy an iPad 3 and ask them nicely to exchange it for an iPad 4.
  10. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006

    The 4 is a decent amount faster, and has lightning.

    That's probably it.

    A simple question, yet many think its a conspiracy :D
  11. Guest

    OP, you already know this thread is going to end up in Wasteland, so why did you bother? lol
  12. macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    Just to clarify, the 4 charges about 10-15% quicker due to the supplied 12w power adapter, not really anything to do with the lightening connector itself.

    The CPU however, it a good bit quicker, like 2X in most benchmarks:

  13. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2012
    I think Apple was being sneaky. They knew they wanted to release a new iPad, and they already knew they were going to release the iPhone 5, but they wanted to keep the dock connector secret.

    Or maybe they're just making all of this stuff up as they go along.
  14. macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2013
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    The iPad4 has these over the iPad3:

    -A6X CPU and new GPU, the iPad4 rocks the most powerful mobile GPU if I'm not mistaken.
    -Lightning Connector
    -1.2 MP front camera with HD720P video recording
    -Face Time over cellular

    IMO, Apple released the iPad3 to keep their position in the tablet market with an up to date product while they prepared the iPhone5, iPad4 and iPad Mini, all of which bring new hardware which probably wasn't ready at the time of the iPad3 launch.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2012
    Instead of being presented with a Samsung (LCD) screen as found in the iPad 3, the iPad 4's display was instead manufactured by LG Display
  16. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I'm sure that's it.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2012
    Due to it being the first generation of iPad to have a Retina display, does the iPad 3rd generation struggle to push the pixels with the A5X chip? IMO, the additional horsepower from the A6X on the 4th generation model is much needed to have a smooth experience.

    Am I wrong?:confused:
  18. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2012
    The A6 chip does nothing for the retina display. They don't even advertise the iPad 4. It was just put out to have an iPad with the new dock connector.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2011
    How do you guys not see the OP is trolling all of you?:rolleyes:
  20. macrumors 65816

    Jan 6, 2013
    The A6X chip in the ipad (4th generation) is more powerful than the A5X chip in the ipad (3rd generation). That's the main difference between the 2. Ipad(3rd generation) was marketed as "the new ipad" and ipad(4th generation) is marketed as "ipad with retina display". They are 2 different models.
  21. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    Yeah sure, but its such a weak troll so why bother?

    I mean, things are rather slow around here.

    Note: (They need a 'yawn' emoticon)
  22. macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    is not a "feature" its forced obsolescence as the iPad 2 could do that, its just they "choose" not to update it so you will buy a new iPad, as with 98% of the "features" apple announce with each new iphone/ipad.
  23. macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    Sure, of course- but this turned out to be an interesting discussion regardless.
    I've owned the 4 and am grateful I hadn't sold my 3. In my everyday, real life I simply didn't notice the improvements. Not that they're not there, as on paper, I am sure they are.
    Just for me it didn't make sense to get rid of my iPad3 32GB with AT&T for less money than the 16GB wifi vs of the iPad4 cost me.

    Instead I was able to sell on eBay the 4 at $550. (package arrived, feedback left!).

    Others mileage will vary.
  24. macrumors 65832


    Aug 17, 2011
    Spammer and a Troll as I see it. Many of his posts are silly or are just to get a higher post count. :( :rolleyes:
  25. macrumors 68020


    Nov 16, 2006
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