Apple recently released their fourth generation iPad, referred to in official documentation as the “iPad with Retina Display,” onto the market with thunderous applause. While the fourth iPad isn’t really much of an upgrade from the iPad 3 that was released in March 2012, it just mark a substantial improvement over both the iPad 2 and the original iPad model from years past. After finally getting the chance to use a new iPad to the best of its abilities, it is definitely a recommended upgrade over previous models that you may own. If you’ve never owned an iPad before, now is the perfect time to jump in and find out what everyone is clamoring about.
One of the most obvious changes is that the new iPad is lighter than every other model except the iPad 3. Despite having an upgraded processor and a few other new bells and whistles, the case of the iPad 4 is actually identical to that of the iPad 3. The iPad 4 is noticeably lighter than the iPad 2 and is significantly lighter than the original iPad model. The lighter design makes the device easier to transport to and from various locations and also ideal for thicker and more protective exterior cases that would have made previous models much too heavy.
The iPad 4 is noticeably faster than all other models, thanks in large part due to its upgraded processor. The processor inside the iPad 4 is 50% faster than the one that was included with the iPad 3, even though the older model only came out seven months prior to the newer one. You won’t even realize just how slow your applications were running until you experience them on an iPad 4. Even basic functions like Web browsing and e-mail navigation are much faster on the newer device.
The retina display included on the iPad 4 is a much-needed improvement over the screens on the first and second generation iPads. The retina display included on the iPad 4 features a resolution of 2048 by1536 pixels, which is a dramatic increase over the 1024 by 768 pixel resolution from the first and second generation models. The resolution is identical, however, to the previously released iPad 3.
The camera on the iPad has been much improved which will make it much easier to take better looking pictures. The camera on the rear of the device is now capable of 1080p high definition recording, which is a marked improvement over the 720p camera on the iPad 2. The camera is largely unchanged, however, when compared to the third generation model.
Apps don’t crash nearly as often as they did on the first generation iPad. App stability can be attributed in large part to both the faster processor and the additional processor included in Apple’s newest tablet.
The Apple iPad 4 represents a significant improvement over the first generation iPad in every way. If you’re the owner of an original iPad and are looking for an opportunity to upgrade, now is most certainly the time. iPad 2 owners will have less incentive to upgrade, though the iPad 4 is still lighter, faster and has a better camera. Whether or not the upgrade is worth it to iPad 2 owners will vary from person to person.
Owners of the third generation iPad have virtually no incentive to upgrade to the iPad 4 beyond the faster processor, which isn’t even really being used yet by software developers. There will come a time where the processor in the iPad 4 is required for various games and applications, but that time is still a long way off.
Sam Jones, the author, has been researching iPad 3 deals in order to try and find a great tablet at a great price.