Part for Apple iPad 4 leaks in advance of 'mini' announcement

Part for Apple iPad 4 leaks in advance of 'mini' announcement
Comparing the lightning dock connector for the Apple iPad mini (top) and iPad 4

Comparing the lightning dock connector for the Apple iPad mini (top) and iPad 4

This coming week, Apple is expected to finally introduce the Apple iPad mini, a device we've heard about for years. At the same time, as we already mentioned, a "refreshed" third-gen Apple iPad is also to be announced at the October 23rd event. The changes include a faster A6 processor, the lightning adapter and global LTE support. Even though the Cupertino based tech titan has just refreshed the current iPad model, the air is already being filled with talk of the Apple iPad 4.

What is bringing on this talk is a picture of the lightning dock connector for the next build of Apple's tablet along with a picture of the lightning dock connector for the Apple iPad mini. Looking at the huge difference between the two, we could assume (despite of what happens when you make an assumption) that Apple needed to redesign the part to add other components to the innards of the next tablet. That points to some new functionality or features for the Apple iPad 4. And while we are just about to see Apple take its first step into the low priced 7 inch tablet market, it is not too early for the company to start procuring parts for the next-gen model.

What features would you like to see Apple add to the Apple iPad 4? You can let us know by dropping your comments in the box below!

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34 Comments

1. NAHEK

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Android..

3. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

lol that is awesome!!

5. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Said in a sarcastic manner, but I would love to have Android on that display! 4:3 and 16:10 are my aspect ratios, screw 16:9

23. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

OMG! This is revolutionarily...BORING!

25. Peter98

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

NFC should be included.

2. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

I want Apple to become bankrupt soon

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

not bankrupt but a new face!

10. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

amen!!!

11. gregoryyy3 unregistered

i want apple to sue android for stolen ideas..

14. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Ideas can't be stolen.

16. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

then why does tommy cry when suzy copies his drawing and shows it to their mum as her own ? I think you get the idea.

30. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

Ideas CAN be stolen. Matter fact, ideas are stolen everyday. And yes, of course is dif. than ideas being copied. Two dif. things. So ideas can be copied and can also be stolen. Good enough for you?

34. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Okay, ideas can be stolen. If I make a Mickey Mouse cartoon, Disney has a right to sue me (unless it's fair use, and one can argue that Mickey's copyright should have expired decades ago, but I digress). If I'm writing an essay on Hamlet and quote a professor, I should cite the professor. If I want to build a speaker, I should pay for whatever patents I use. Generally, software should be an exception to the patent system. There might be some situations where it's rational to offer a patent (some kind of groundbreaking algorithm), but in many instances, software patents are just a matter of certain companies wasting money to describe obvious ideas, and then gaining the right to sue over them. So while plagiarism is real, we need to kind of throw all that stuff aside in software. If someone patented every little feature of a PC, PCs would either be incredibly expensive, or they would have few features.

27. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

U should sue the one who stole ur brain

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

YES PLEASE APPLE GO BANKRUPT or at least let your stock fall. U CAN'T CONTROL THE MARKET like you invented it

4. VebbX

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

I prefere Windows 8 Pro tablets...

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Honestly. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple added a 8MP iSight camera to the "iPad 4" just so they can make The New iPad owners upgrade.

29. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

It's funny that how Apple give names to their products and features. -iSight for a simple camera -Facetime for front camera -they even showed off proudly the blue sapphire coloured camera lens cover in iphone 5 thinking that they have invented the Blue colour!!

31. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

So you call every device that Apple makes and releases an upgrade and make fun of it like a little kid you know cuz thats how you think or in fact might just be a little boy... Anyway, enough of that and lets go forward.. -Samsung Galaxy -Apple iPhone 4 Good Hardware Good Hardware -Samsung Galaxy 2 -Apple iPhone 4S Dif. Design & Better Hardware Same Design & Better Hardware -Samsung Galaxy 3 -Apple iPhone 5 Dif. Design & Better Hardware Dif. Design & Better Hardware All these phones have Dif. Hardware compared with one another- So if a company like Apple decides to keep the same design and only change the hardware to make it a better device THEN that's their choice. People buy a 4S because fyi it is better than the 4 by a mile. Those who had the 4 and upgraded to a 4s know the dif. just as if you had a Galaxy 2 and upgraded to the Galaxy 3. Am i lost? - Hello...... Hellooooo.

32. No_Nonsense unregistered

Has anyone said that the iPhone 5 does not offer anything above the 4S? The thing is it doesn't offer anything above the S3 or the NL920, feature wise, but almost everything is upgraded over the 4S. Design wise, not so much, the 5 is basically an elongated 4S with a dual-toned back.

8. rahulcena5565

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 01, 2010

No Jailbreak, no Apple.

9. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

screw apple and is**ts

12. gregoryyy3 unregistered

if you were trying to be funny, you completely failed..

15. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

If you were trying to be relevant You failed

22. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

@gregorry ya i failed but u did pass the sheeeep test

24. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Its funny and degrading and the truth.®©

13. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I don't see how two different cables equals new features. Its just two different models. My nexus 7 will last me until the ipad 6 with revolutionary microusb is released.

17. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Oh WOW, a new conector!! Someone get me a sedative, I'm too excited. Leave it up to BGR (Big Girls Round-up) to uncover iNsiGniFiCance; they make PhoneArena seem like All Things Android with their countless barrage of iStories. Has Jonathan gained anymore weight?

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

why get so excited over a new ipad it's still going to look the same year after year.and pretty soon it will called THE NEWER IPAD not the ipad 4 or the new ipad

20. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Apple is 2 years behind in race with Android now. What would this new pad be called? Coccaine or Grass? They call the other thing "Lightning" so who knows next we hear Coccaine, Grass and LSD models :D

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