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Apple iPad 4 Review

Breaking its very own sacred routine of releasing a new iPad model every year, Apple undeniably took everyone by surprise as they not only announced one new iPad, but two at its most recent San Francisco event. Just a little over six months ago, the third-generation iPad became the Cupertino-based company’s flagship tablet, as it moved the industry along its normal course by introducing us to a Retina Display ready iPad. Now in the present, it has seemingly given up its seat on the throne to the latest entrant to the market – the aptly named Apple iPad 4, which isn’t necessarily a true successor. Instead, it’s sporting some minor hardware upgrades, while opting to employ Apple’s new Lightning dock port. Knowing all of that, will it still be something you’ll want to consider when there’s a new and lower priced iPad lurking about?

Apple iPad 4 Review
Apple iPad 4 Review
The package contains:

  • Lightning USB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Start Guide
  • Apple decals


Even though this is billed as the iPad 4, there’s nothing new whatsoever with its design, build quality, and construction. In fact, it’s an exact facsimile to the previous third-generation iPad, which isn’t a terribly bad thing to expect per se – especially when it exudes a finish that’s more premium than some of its direct competitors. As always, we adore the iPad 4’s overall sturdy feel that’s aided by its brushed aluminum casing, plus, it helps that it’s still one svelte looking thing. After playing around with the iPad mini, though, it’s quite evident that the iPad 4 is handled better with two hands – as opposed to one handed operation.

The Apple iPad 4 is an exact facsimile to the previous third-generation iPad - Apple iPad 4 Review
The Apple iPad 4 is an exact facsimile to the previous third-generation iPad - Apple iPad 4 Review
The Apple iPad 4 is an exact facsimile to the previous third-generation iPad - Apple iPad 4 Review

The Apple iPad 4 is an exact facsimile to the previous third-generation iPad

Apple iPad 4 Review

It wouldn’t be an Apple device if we didn’t see a recessed home button beneath the display, right? Well, that’s carried over by this one, so there’s still no worries about accidental presses. Above the display, we see the tablet’s first upgrade over its predecessor. Specifically, it’s now packing along a higher count 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, which has the ability to shoot videos in 720 and ready to offer us high-definition quality with FaceTime.

Apple iPad 4 Review
The home button - Apple iPad 4 Review
Front camera - Apple iPad 4 Review

The home button

Front camera

Around the iPad 4’s trim, the only noticeable change here is the new Lightning docking port that replaced the former’s long withstanding 30-pin connection. Aside from that, everything is found in their usual locations – like the 3.5mm headset jack, microphone, power button, mute switch, and volume control. Lastly, the rear looks mightily familiar since it’s featuring the tablet’s 5-megapixel auto-focus camera and speaker grill.

Mute and volume keys - Apple iPad 4 Review
Speaker - Apple iPad 4 Review
Lightning port - Apple iPad 4 Review

Mute and volume keys


Lightning port

Power key - Apple iPad 4 Review
3.5mm jack - Apple iPad 4 Review
Rear camera - Apple iPad 4 Review

Power key

3.5mm jack

Rear camera


Already a benchmark thing on its own, it was unlikely for us to see Apple push forward with even a higher resolution display for the iPad 4. Rather, it’s the same lovable one from before, so there’s nothing much else to say about it. Even now, the 9.7-inch Retina display on the iPad 4 is a marvelous thing to behold – mainly because it’s super detailed thanks to its 2048 x 1536 resolution, which puts up an admirable pixel density of 264 ppi. Additionally, it stands out for its very accurate colors, wide viewing angles, and high brightness output – all of which combine together to keep it visible under the view of the sun.

Viewing angles - Color production - Apple iPad 4 Review
Viewing angles - Color production - Apple iPad 4 Review
Viewing angles - Color production - Apple iPad 4 Review

Viewing angles

Color production - Apple iPad 4 Review
Color production - Apple iPad 4 Review
Color production - Apple iPad 4 Review

Color production

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posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:32 39

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

So the unchanging OS doesn't get listed as a con but it is when the writers make an article about it. It's "The New iPad" just with an A6 chip and Lightning, and scores a 9? Haha wow. Never trusting PA reviews ever again.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:44 25

5. KParks23 (Posts: 679; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)

i love how THE PHONE htc one x + gets a negative for only 1GB of ram but the 1GB of ram in the IP4 does not even get mentioned LOL.. why dont u guys go ahead and put a I in front of the P in ur web address.. ITS the same tablet as the ipad 3 but has a new connector and they FINALLY upgraded there garbage FF cam they didnt even change the look of it.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 07:36 5

20. Retro-touch (Posts: 277; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

PA judges based on other phones, One X+ is a high end Android phone and for an updated phone to feature 1GB of RAM when the competition flaunts 2GB, it has to be judged according to its position on the spectrum. When iPad 4 is judged relative to iPad 3 and previous offerings (iPad2/1) its definitely a 9. iPhone is judged with other iPhone offerings so its no surprise it scores well

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 08:44 6

37. KParks23 (Posts: 679; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)

Hey dumb dumb Microsoft just released a tablet with 2gb of ram! Ooooooo apple is going to put 2gb of ram in the next ipad...the ipad 3.75 set to release next month!

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:32 5

42. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4278; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Don't give them ideas...
Apple might release iPad 5 with 3GB ram and patent it!!

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 12:30 6

52. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

why is the ipad only being judge with previous ipads?? there are other tablets out there dude.....PA may not know it but when they do that, it makes the Ipad look superior to other tablets and makes others feel less worthy........So please stop with trying to justify them as people can clearly smell the bias around here...

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 13:17 3

54. schecter7 (Posts: 99; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)

Dude, let me add this as an android user. I can smell serious bias towards samsung as well here at PA. Especially, if you read the ridiculous review of galaxy phones. PA bashed the One X and Xperias real hard. They even claimed GS3 camera is better than One X. I mean seriously it was ludicrous. GS3 has a horrible camera that takes terribly noisy lowlight pictures.

PA used to be a neutral site for phone reviews. I'm sad that they are skewing their reviews to score more 'clicks' - very sad.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 14:50

58. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

well im unsure if GS3's camera is better than the One X but from what i remember there were certain pictures that the Galaxy did do better and certain pictures where the One X did better......Now if im correct the Galaxy S3 has a Sony inbuilt camera and where I believe they would be obviously biased would be if they where to say the Galaxies camera is better than a Xperia camera! Unless samsung is asking sony for something special for there phone that sony isnt putting in there own phones, then it would definitely be a biased review........People here tend to go with there emotions alot and are so caught up in the sales game......and since apple and samsung are selling the best they go with there skewed logic that, if they are selling the most then they must be the best.....when thats not entirely true......If you know how to sell a broken car to a customer then that would just make you a genius salesman.......not saying somethings wrong with apple or samsung but it doesnt mean they have the best phones because they are selling well, but more so they just know how to control the media

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 13:04

71. nuna12 (Posts: 12; Member since: 16 Aug 2014)

The corners are slightly rounded to reduce roughness but still maintain the overall masculinity.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 16:32 1

64. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

I don't think there's any other tablet that can effectively compete.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 03:11

67. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Guess you've never met Nexus 10 or ASUS Infinity or Galaxy Note.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 14:02 3

56. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

BOOO!!!!!! I want REAL upgrades to the iPad 4, not MINOR ones!!!
Stupid apple

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 16:30

63. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Those are REAL upgrades.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:20

69. cgreen (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

You can bash the iPad fourth-generation all you want, but one thing will always be true, The iPad fourth-generation is a gaming powerhouse! The reason the iPad fourth-generation does not need as much random access memory, is because the iPad fourth-generation has a very random access memory Efficient chip! The processor has a dual core CPU, so 2 cores handle the workload. No it may not be quad core, but why should it be. If you think about it, the CPU on this ipad is more efficient than a lot of computers. The next thing is the GPU. The GPU on this tablet is a gaming POWERHOUSE! No matter how much you bash it, I can run console- quality graphics with ease. But nobody wants to talk about that huh. Oh, and how about that easy to use OS! It may not be customizable without jailbreaking it, but as we all know, that is NOT apples goal. My baby sister is 3 years old and can operate this ipad with EASE. How many 3 year olds do you know that can even find the apps MENU on a nexus 10. Hell, how many can even unlock the damn thing. Back in 2007, when the original iPhone came out, most people at the time had flip phones, so the thought behind it was, " how can we make a device that a computer illiterate can use with little learning curve". YES IT'S OUTDATED, if your used to smartphones, but for someone who's not, it's a godsend.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:57 3

11. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

A6X chip that doubles the mighty graphics power of ipad 3 and increases CPU power to give more than twice the performance. A6X is a different chip. It's not the same as the A6. It's much faster and beats exynos 5 in most benchmarks.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 07:16 9

15. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

we can't really compare the benchmark results, they are 2 different OS that has different kind of process during benchmark.

also, we can't say A6X is slower or faster than exynos 5. A6X is still an A9 processor, exynos 5 is an A15 processor

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 07:20 3

17. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Very first A15 buy Samsung and Nexus

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:58

46. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

No it's not A9. It's a a custom CPU design. But you have to agree that A6X is powerhouse.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 11:30 3

51. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

A6X is A9 and Exynos 5 is A15...

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 14:13 4

57. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

applearena gives me diabetes.

We need new reviewers, most have become 100% sheepple.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 15:46 2

59. xtremesv (Posts: 298; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

The lighting connector must be listed as a con not commented as something good just because Apple will virtuously "unify" its devices leaving millions of current users with hundreds of dollars invested in expensive accessories.

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 16:30

62. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

A well deserved 9. The new A6 chip is actually a lot faster than many devices today. Do not assume nothing has changed.

Don't forget Google released another Nexus phone but with only 8GB of memory and no Android fan through a huge fit over it. I don't think it's fair to treat that as a con against the iPad 4.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:35 16

3. prakesh (Posts: 92; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)

are you serious bout this?

super lower ppi
not a retina dislay

got 9?

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:49 5

7. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

Don't start hating as soon as you see Apple, dude. You make us all look silly. This isn't iPad mini, but an iPad 4 which indeed has a RETINA DISPLAY. And deserved 9.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 07:38 9

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

then how would you justify an 8.5 for surface ? I can bet that if Michael H. reviewed it, it wouldn`t even get an 8.5. Everybody knows here that PA is so biased when it comes to apple. They couldn`t find any cons with Note II but still it got a 9. Can you explain that ?
PS. - now I should be expecting a warning for stating the facts.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 08:29 2

32. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

Surface RT deserves a 8. The Surface Pro deserves a 9+ rating. Note 2 is too big.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 08:35 3

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

NOTE II might be too big for you but there are millions who needs a device like that. and apart from stylus its the SIZE which makes it what it is, a phablet.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 08:49

38. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

Er, I was saying it seems the reason for the 9.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:03 1

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

but it was not listed in the cons so technically N II should get a perfect 10.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 09:06 1

40. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4278; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Excuse moi...but there will never be a perfect 10!!
Never in PA!

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Display9.7 inches, 2048 x 1536 pixels (264 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Apple A6X, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
Size9.50 x 7.31 x 0.37 inches
(241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm)
23.35 oz  (662 g)

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