Well, this is somewhat of a shocker. While most rumors had suggested that Apple would update its third-generation iPad with a Lightning connector, Apple has gone ahead and debuted an entirely new fourth-generation iPad. The latest iPad maintains its 9.7-inch display size and features a brand new dual-core A6X processor, which provides quad-core graphics performance, along with an updated camera and expanded LTE capabilities. The new iPad also has a Lightning connector, which is now standard on iOS devices, and touts ten hours of battery life. Better yet, Wi-Fi is also two times as fast on the new fourth-generation iPad.
The fourth-generation iPad is available in the standard black and white models, with several new Lightning adapters available for using the tablet with various peripherals and technologies. The 16 GB model starts at $499 and is the top tier device in the iPad family that now consists of the iPad mini, iPad 2 and traditional iPad. Apple has axed the third-generation iPad with the introduction of this new iPad, which is quite surprising since it has only been part of Apple’s lineup for merely six months or so. At the same time, it’s an understandable decision since the fourth-generation iPad is positioned at the same price as the third-generation was.