Within just the same year, Apple released not one but two iPads that made its fans stop and think. I thought of the same thing, however, I saw some reasons that took this shift; Apple isn’t really used to releasing two products annually. One reason, as proven as reported, is that the introduction of the iPad Mini plus some other Apple devices will take over the 3rd generation iPad in no time, not to mention yet how the said predecessor did not hit the market gross as expected. The 4th Generation iPad must be an answer to all of these, and today, we are to watch this scenic change of Apple.
The iPad 4 is almost a perfect twin to its predecessor from its body down to the apps, except for some few changes that we are about to talk later as we go along. With a body size of 9.5×22.214.171.124, the iPad 4 is still a bit heavy at a weight of 652grams (662 for the cellular version, which adds an amount of price, of course). I said this because renovations, if not innovations, in Apple usually affect the form factor and the body construction, and this is but evident in the different generations introduced to us no matter the device.
Before we proceed with the further features or specs, it is good to be early to take note of the changes that took place in this sudden release. One big change is the earth-shaking innovation with the predecessor’s processor: from A5x chip to A6X. What this means is that, as company had claimed, CPU tasks are but more powerful like twice, and the same amount goes with graphics. Moreover, the new chip also caters dramatic improvements to ISP (image signal processing), which assists in face recognitions and image stabilization used in FaceTime and iSight. All of these are empowered with the CPU’s two cores and four for graphics.
Another change, which I think will upset owners of the previous generation of iPad, is the big change to the Lightning connector. Compared to the 30-pin connector the predecessor has, today’s iPad now has a smaller connector like up to 80%, while remaining reversible for high versatility. This may jam up the total innovation in this iPad, but it also entails some problem to potential users: they will have to earn some amount of money to buy those additional, reconfigured adapters for USB, card reader, HDMI, and VGA.
Last and is never the least, one big change is its expansion to a better data connectivity. Aside from the iPad’s cellular option that is being catered by major mobile networks in the United States, the iPad 4 now has a 2x-stronger Wi-Fi connectivity that is said to bend along 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. And if you think this is still cheap, how about the catastrophic LTE connectivity that promises up to 150Mbps of data speed? All of these complement the iPad 4 from the CPU and RAM up to its mobility and versatility.
Other features and specs remained the same, and I would like to mention just a few: the 9.7” Retina display with 2048×1536 resolution at 264 ppi plus IPS, dual cameras with advanced mobile camera technology like hybrid IR filter and backside illumination, a built-in 42.5-watt-hour rechargeable battery that can run for up to 10 hours of continued use, multiple sensors for gaming including the three-axis gyro, up to 275k of exclusive apps from the company, and the additional paraphernalia like cases and sleeves.
For my verdict, the iPad 4 is but a good move to impose its predecessor’s authority back to its proper place. Though it did not come friendly to the owners of the previous versions, still the new Apple iPad is worth the price that starts at around $499.
Apple iPad 4 Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 23,000.00 (Starting Price)