‘Powerhouse’ iPad debuts as Apple seeks to monopolise tablet market

by Kenny Hemphill on October 23, 2012

While all ears were awaiting the announcement of the iPad mini, Apple today launched a fourth generation iPad with a faster processor, Lightning connector, and better FaceTime camera. Wifi is now twice as fast, according to Apple. The new iPad is referred to by Apple as ‘iPad with Retina Display’, despite replacing an iPad, known by Apple as the ‘new iPad’, which had a Retina display.

It has a new system-on-a-chip, the A6X, which Apple says ‘delivers up to twice the CPU performance and up to twice the graphics performance of the A5X chip’ and new, front-facing FaceTime HD camera. The celluar version now supports 4G LTE in more countries, including the UK, via EE’s LTE service which launches next week. Battery life remains at 10 hours.

Storage options and price are the same as the third generation iPad.

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