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

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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