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iPad 4 unveiled, with A6X processor

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Apple surprised the tech world today with the unveiling of the iPad 4, or 4th generation iPad, complete with more powerful processor.

Apple was expected to launch a tweaked version of the iPad 3 at the "iPad mini" launch event, but in a surprise move it has launched a new iPad 4 model complete with a new more powerful processor. Apple's Phil Schiller claims the 4th Generation iPad's A6X processor offers twice the power of the A5X processor seen in the previous iPad 3.

Aside from the uprated processor, though, the improvements are as expected. The 4th Generation iPad comes complete with the new Lightning connector, and features "expanded" 4G LTE connectivity to help it work across the world, including the UK's EE network.

iPad 4 specs

Other iPad 4 specs remain the same, including the 10-hour battery life and the dual colours available. The 4th Generation iPad costs the same as the iPad 3, starting at £399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model.

Have you just bought an iPad 3 are are feeling a bit miffed that a 4th Generation iPad has already been unveiled? Let us know in the comments.

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JonHend

October 23, 2012, 11:36 pm

Thanks a lot apple. I bought my Mum a new iPad just two weeks ago.

Edios

October 24, 2012, 12:06 am

Yeah. I'am the most miffed. It isn't even a month since I bought the new iPad. And that too the high end one - 64GB Wifi+4G. :(
Didn't expect this from Apple. And now I'am thinking of that Apple offering the new one replacing our old with low cost. And if they don't, you offering me that. After all may this come true. :P

BTW I'am just 12 years and cannot afford a new one. :(

Canofbeenz

October 24, 2012, 12:07 am

Gutted, just bought an ipad 3 3 weeks ago. Just spoke to Apple to regarding an exchange they say if it was less than 2 weeks ago they would swap it for 4th gen! Feel really gutted as its the same priced i paid. I thought they were at least another 5 months before the latest model. Don't get me wrong i think ipad 3 is fantastic but feel duped

superdaw

October 24, 2012, 12:48 am

My girlfriend just bought "the new iPad" 2 weel s ago and is going to be paying for it for another 2 months. Can't wait to rub this in. This though, is the exact reason I don't buy apple! I know the products are great, but their by no means cheap and just look what happens. If I'm gonna get a non-top of the range product I'm not paying top of the range prices, and the pace apple want to move means you can't have top of the range for more than 5 minutes!

Canofbeenz

October 24, 2012, 12:55 am

Apple say if its less than 2 weeks ago and you bought it from an Apple store they will exchange it. Unfortunately I got mine 3 weeks ago and bought it from Sainsburrys :(

Bannibow

October 24, 2012, 1:09 am

I'm fuming - I bought my husband the ipad 3 (32 gb cellular) on SUNDAY!!!! So annoyed!

zubs

October 24, 2012, 2:33 am

iPad 3 owners got iScrewed

AJ

October 24, 2012, 12:57 pm

I've got an "old" iPad3 and I think you are all over reacting. Apple haven't changed to widescreen, improved the battery life or doubled the memory.

All they have done is increased the processor speed (something that most of us will never even notice) and changed the data port to a connector that's expensive to get hold of and extremely rare on any 3rd party gear right now.

PC's / Laptops / etc improve all the time and this just means that your iPad5 will be better still.

Darkwerk

October 25, 2012, 12:56 am

I think Apple really have taken their customers for a ride with this one, I've bought Apple products for years and I got a 'new ipad' five months ago. I now think Apple realised from day one that the A5X processor isn't up to the job of running retina display software so now we get the version that they should have released in March. The fact they are making the ipad 3 obsolete seems to back this up. I'll give it 5-6 weeks before Apps are released that won't work on the ipad 3. Shame on you Apple.

matty2012

October 26, 2012, 1:40 pm

Bought my ipad 33 days ago.
Spoke to the manager at my local apple store in kent (uk) and they have refunded me in full onto a gift card and will let me pick a 4th gen up on day of release.

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