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?

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.

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.

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.


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.



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

5. KParks23

Posts: 748; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

20. Retro-touch unregistered

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

37. KParks23

Posts: 748; Member since: Oct 13, 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!

42. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

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...

54. schecter7

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 20, 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.

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

71. nuna12

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

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

64. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

67. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

56. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

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

63. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Those are REAL upgrades.

69. cgreen

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

11. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 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.

15. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 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


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Very first A15 buy Samsung and Nexus

46. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

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

51. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

A6X is A9 and Exynos 5 is A15...

57. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

applearena gives me diabetes. We need new reviewers, most have become 100% sheepple.

59. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

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.

3. prakesh

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

are you serious bout this? super lower ppi not a retina dislay got 9?

7. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

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.

32. No_Nonsense unregistered

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

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.

38. No_Nonsense unregistered

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

39. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

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

40. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

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iPad 4
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6X, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128GB

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