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iPad 4 – is it worth upgrading?

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iPad 4 – is it worth upgrading?
Boy, now that's what you call a surprise! Apple just announced an upgraded iPad model – the fourth-generation iPad or the iPad 4, if you wish to call it that, with better internals and enhanced wireless connectivity. The unveiling comes only about 7 months after the previous iPad was made official, and we bet that the great majority of the ones witnessing the event didn't see this coming.

In fact, we are sure that many an iPad owner are now holding on to their third-gen iPads wondering whether it is worth dropping another $500 or more on a new new iPad, or sticking with the old one would be the wiser thing to do. Well, to them we say wonder no more as we are here to help! We will now go over the most significant new features being introduced with the iPad 4 and give our opinion as to whether upgrading because of them is a justified investment. Let's start with...


A6X processor

iPad 4 – is it worth upgrading?
The iPad 4 comes with an A6X processor, which we presume is more or less an A6 chip with upgraded graphics meant to handle the huge resolution of the tablet's Retina display. As a result, the newest iPad is up to twice as fast as the previous generation with an A5X chip, according to Apple. Moreover, graphics performance has been doubled without that affecting the tablet's battery life. But will there be any noticeable difference in the tablet's speed and responsiveness? Well, that depends on your usage. 

Casual users that don't really push their iPads to their limit with demanding apps or games perhaps don't really have the need for the new A6X processor. After all, the third-gen iPad with its A5X chip is extremely responsive already, be it when surfing the web, enjoying music or video from iTunes, or playing Angry Birds. What may eventually make it worth upgrading, however, is that sooner or later, developers will deliver software that takes full advantage of the new chip's performance – think heavy applications for professional use or visually intensive 3D games. That's when having an A6X ticking inside your iPad may be worth it, but for now, your third-gen iPad will surely get the job done.


FaceTime HD Camera

iPad 4 – is it worth upgrading?
Do you use FaceTime a lot? Then here is a feature you'd truly appreciate. The iPad 4 has an upgraded front-facing camera that now captures video in 720p. As a result, your FaceTime conversations will be more enjoyable as the added resolution will allow the other party to see you better, and in case they happen to have an iPhone 5, an iPad mini, or an iPad 4, you'll get to enjoy clearer video as well. It is also worth mentioning that FaceTime will work both over Wi-Fi and over a cellular connection, in case your iPad supports it. Speaking of which...


LTE service from Sprint

iPad 4 – is it worth upgrading?
The iPad 4 and the iPad mini will be available with cellular service from Sprint, in case that is your carrier of choice. Sprint currently has over 30 cities under its LTE blanket, and new ones will be added over time until the network is fully expanded in accordance to the carrier's plans. That is expected to happen in 2013. That's not a whole lot when compared to the list of markets Verizon and AT&T can brag with, yet coverage isn't everything. Sprint is offering LTE service with truly unlimited data, so one doesn't need to worry about throttling or overage fees. 

And that is pretty much it. The remainder of hardware and software features found on the iPad 4 are identical to what the older model has to offer – from the 9.7-inch Retina display and 5-megapixel iSight auto-focus camera, to iOS 6 and the 10-hour battery life. If you care for an even faster processor and better front-facing camera, or you simply enjoy using Sprint's cellular service, then you might want to consider getting the new iPad 4. But if none of those features interest you, then just hold on to your third-generation iPad at least until the iPad 5 comes around. 

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posted on 23 Oct 2012, 15:06 26

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1316; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


People who. Bought a iPad 3 during the last month may have been trolled by apple or may feel trolled

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 16:50 1

19. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I want to see tear down of iPad 4 and iPad mini, interesting if internal parts are still based on hot glue like in New iPad (a.k.a. iPad 3).

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 06:04

36. The.Dark.Knight.Rises (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Surface, you are Dead with a capital D. This thing will be blazing fast. In fact iPad 3 was already very fast. Twice the GPU performance !!! Crazily awesome graphics. Surface will be using tegra 3 GPU- hahahahhahaha!!! The ipad 3 gpu was already faster. The A6 CPU is faster than tegra 3. Ipad has better camera and can do almost everything a surface can do. Lol fail surface tablet. I had an ipad 2 last year and I have an ipad 3 this year and so believe me when I say there's nothing like an iPad.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 06:07

37. The.Dark.Knight.Rises (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I am comparing this with surface RT. iPad 4 can't be compared with surface pro because surface pro is a PC not a tablet. a PC minus the keyboard.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 06:42 1

38. infinitemethod (Posts: 123; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


Why is the Surface Pro not a tablet, yet the RT is? Solid logic. Sounds like you're already admitting defeat. Haha

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 07:27

40. The.Dark.Knight.Rises (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Surface pro is a damn PC! It is nearly twice as heavy and twice as thick. Tablets are thin slate. Ipad is the king.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:23 2

41. infinitemethod (Posts: 123; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


I'll take a little more thickness and the weight with those specs, compared to an ipad's silly specs and mobile app. launcher OS. Apple fan's must be very tiny and weak. Man up. The fall of Apple has already begun.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 15:07 12

2. Savage (unregistered)


Big NO! Stay happy with your iPad 3.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 18:46 5

25. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Ipad 3 or wait for ipad mini Retina display

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 20:02 2

27. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Agree +1

is this all apple? Is this all you can do now? Change the chip and call it the next gen? No. Apple, you're better than this. Please, don't just make an incremental upgrade. Prove to your loyal customers that you can do more.

You don't need to update your iPad every year. Just do what you did with iPod touch. Seriously? A faster GPU, LTE, and front-facing camera? Really? FRONT FACING CAMERA? DO YOU EVEN CONSIDER THAT AS AN UPDATE? No. No. No.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 21:32 1

31. maier9900 (Posts: 257; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


Yes, and they didn't just change the chip, they changed a lot more to make it better than the previous one. Same as samsung does when releasing an updated galaxy s device. They change the hardware inside, and of course give a new name like galaxy s 3 or the NOTE 2.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 03:04 1

33. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


you serious man?

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 06:52

39. infinitemethod (Posts: 123; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


You poor little fanboi. I feel bad for you.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 13:32

42. juwansome (Posts: 11; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Agreed, no need to update every year, every other year is fine with me. It's all getting a bit out of hand, but I guess it's good for business, since people seem to run out and buy the newest model anyways... not me though, happy with iPad 3rd Gen!!!

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 15:09 7

3. AnTuTu (Posts: 681; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Hell Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 04:28 2

35. Android2627 (Posts: 28; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Whatever it is Fast Processor & GPU etc etc but DUMB ios is Not a worth of a penny... and that to made by a Greedy Thug Company!...

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 15:20 10

4. JKING_25 (Posts: 53; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


I don't mean to be a hater but even thought the A6X is a powerful chip the iPad 4 has nothing on the Srface PRO.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 15:36 5

8. ngo2dd (Posts: 781; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Ya it is. The pro has an Intel core i5

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 15:29 9

5. Scientist (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)


Disappointing and pathetic

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 15:35 4

6. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


If you have the ipad 3 is not wise to upgrade to the ipad4 but if you don't have an ipad go buy this beauty.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 15:39 5

9. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


I returned my ipad3 a couple weeks after it launched... So glad i did. The iPad4 addresses all the little things that made me go back to my ipad 2

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 15:56 15

12. kingpet13 (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


What if you have an android tablet? Is it worth downgrading?

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 16:02

15. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Depends on if u consider it a downgrade. Nice jab at apple though...NOT.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 16:12

17. blingblingthing (Posts: 424; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


It is worth downgrading if you can afford it.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 16:54 2

21. kingpet13 (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


I can definitely afford it, considering my current tablet (transformer pad infinity)cost the same price, and I also got a keyboard dock for 150 more. :P

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 18:30 3

24. Synack (Posts: 664; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


$150 for a keyboard? Wow. Apple should die.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 04:22

34. eli577 (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)


Oh man...are you REALLY considering changing an Infinity to a tablet like this? You out of your mind....no harm intended.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 16:01

14. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Well said

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 16:14 3

18. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Why? Better wait for the ipad5, which will be out in about 3months.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 13:39

44. juwansome (Posts: 11; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Nah I say if you have iPad 1 or 2 and want to upgrade then go buy the iPad mini ... better specs (processor/cameras) and new features (Siri/ lightning dock connector), easier to carry and hold out of all the full-sized iPads, and it's more affordable than the iPad 4th Gen.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 15:36

7. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


hell NO

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 15:43

10. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


If Sprint keeps their unlimited data ... this could be huge for them.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 20:52

28. elandrumiii (Posts: 109; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)


Sprint doesnt offer unlimited data on tablet just on phones and not on the hotspot feature for the phone. So that is not a selling point getting rid of my tablet account because its not worth it and to expensive. Just wifi or hotspot on my nexus will do. May even jump to ATT for the price im paying sprint.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 15:54

11. fistigons (Posts: 262; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


Now lets start speculating what the iPad 5 will have.
1. In Cell display (helps battery life)
2. Same black coloring on the back(to match the iPhone)
3. 8 megapixel back camera
4. I'm guessing an improved processor, but I'm not sure if it would be quad or a customized dual core.
I honestly have no idea what else they could do. I'm also guessing they won't be announcing a new one til this time next year. They must rearranging their announcement cycles.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 16:05

16. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


I'm wondering about the release cycle too, but this is simply a refresh of the big iPad. Easy camera swap, and new cutout for the lightening connector, and beefed up chip. I'd bet they'll still have a new redesigned one in march/April.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 16:00 1

13. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


I have an iPad 3, so there's no need to upgrade but I'm getting the mini for my son.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 16:50

20. TechDork (Posts: 215; Member since: 10 May 2010)


I don't get Apple sometimes.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 17:56

22. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


a lot of people so negative about apple...

its just the rule of being famous... "if you have thousands of fans, expect to have thousands of haters"

im pretty sure that iPad mini and iPad 4 will still be at the top coz its an iDevice... a device that really looks and feels premium --- dont look cheap coz of plastic body!

and im pretty sure that iPad mini will sell hot coz it will be available worldwide before the year end...while nexus 7 and kindle fire HD isnt available in my country...you need to order on amazon or whatever retail store and pay double..while iPad mini will be price a little higher than its original price!

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 17:56

23. mxion (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


apple rules

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 19:21

26. thachlel (Posts: 61; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


I would rather try the new toy tablet with Intel i5 n full HD 1080P

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 20:55

29. elandrumiii (Posts: 109; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)


Still rocking my wifi only iPad2. Meets the needs and exceeds them.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 21:10

30. Sackboy117 (Posts: 178; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


This is what can be called an iPad 3S . . .

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 21:43

32. weirdfisher (Posts: 51; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


iPad 2 is the best iPad ever

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 13:35

43. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 215; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


people dont get the ipad 4. keep your ipad 3. Two upgrades in the 4th ipad is not worth getting.

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