4th Gen iPad vs. 3rd Gen iPad: Spec Shootout


Apple released a tweaked version of the third generation iPad at its media event in San Jose, California. Contrary to expectations though, Apple surprised us by calling it the fourth generation iPad, rather than calling it an incremental upgrade.

The 4th generation iPad looks exactly like the iPad 3 (new iPad), but it comes with a number of improvements such as Apple’s new faster A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera, expanded LTE support and more.

To make it easier to compare the two models, we have compiled this table, which compares the technical specifications of the 3rd generation iPad with Apple’s new 4th generation iPad based on information available on Apple’s website and details revealed during the keynote.

Note: We have assumed that the 4th generation iPad comes with 1GB RAM, but we will have to wait for the benchmarks to confirm it. But it may come with faster memory bandwidth like the iPhone 5 that allows iPad 4’s  processor to read and store data about 33 percent faster than the predecessor.

We’ve also heard rumors that the 4th generation iPad may come with a 12W power adapter as compared to previous generation iPad’s 10W power adapter. The bump up in wattage could allow much faster charging, which was one of the gripes of the 3rd generation iPad, that it takes too long to charge.

Overall, Apple seems to have addressed all the shortcomings of the 3rd generation iPad with Retina Display, but Apple’s move to launch the new iPad within just 6 months, hasn’t gone too well with early buyers of iPad 3.

What do you think? Do you plan to upgrade to the 4th generation iPad? Let us know in the comments below.

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Categories: iPad 3, iPad 4, New iPad

  • Joshsiphone2677

    iPad 3 actually weighs less than iPad 4th gen

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Nop, we have the saved tech specs page of the third generation iPad. Both of them are of the same weight.

  • defjam

    which ipad is this ipad mini is with dual core a5 not a6x

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      This is the full-sized iPad not the iPad mini.

  • WILL

    No way I change my 3rd gen ipad just for processor..

  • AT&T Rapes Me

    I would love to upgrade from the 3 to the 4 if apple gives it to me. Otherwise apple can kiss a$$, wtf launching a new ipad in a matter of months that’s BS. I do understand why, they have a lot of new competition coming after them like windows and google just making sure they stay ahead of the pack

  • Craig

    does the ipad 4 still get hot like the 3rd gen? or will the A6x sort this out?

  • AT&T Rapes Me

    Question, do they upgrade you to the 4th gen if the 3rd gen breaks???

  • Michael

    Absolutely buying this. Haven’t bought an iPad since the 1st generation was released. It’s about that time. I’ll buy my wife the iPad mini

  • ab2012

    nope, load of crap that they released this so quickly. at this rate I’ll stick with my 3 and get a 7.

  • Boy

    F U apple… you greedy biatches!!!!

  • ogb

    Why buy ipad 4? Lets wait another 6 months & buy ipad 5!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ol’Skool

    still rocking my ipad 1. was thinking about upgrading to 4th gen when it comes out but definitely gonna wait till 5th gen now.

  • Dave

    When we are getting 128gb of Storage? With apps increasing in size you’d think 128gb would be introduced in this gen. I’ll wait for iPad 5.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sebastian.rasch Sebastian Rasch

    I would have liked it if the iPad 4th gen. would have been in the new design (slim sides) as well. I really like that design, I must say.

  • TJ

    Fortunately I was within the 30 day return period so I quickly took my 3 back to best buy and ordered the 4 from the apple store. I feel bad for anyone over 31 days. That would really bother me. Had I bought it 6 months ago, I would not upgrade.

  • ILD

    I am angry now. I bough mine NEW iPad (3rd gen) 35 days ago. I will stick to what I have and wait few years for eye implants ;) – hope not from Apple.

  • Chevotaguy

    Just bought 3rd gen 34 days ago ! Not expecting a product refresh until March 2013. Best Buy rewards Silver Premier gives me 60 days to return so back it went