4th-gen iPad and iPad Mini November 2

New iPads are coming. That's right, iPads. While it was all but assured that Apple would reveal a new 7.9 inch iPad Mini at its San Jose keynote, the electronics giant surprised attendees with a fourth-generation full-sized iPad, just seven months after the device's third iteration hit shelves.

TechRadar reports the fourth-generation iPad packs in a Retina display and an A6X processor, which Apple claims "doubles the performance" of CPU-heavy tasks. It has a ten-hour battery life and the iPhone 5's new lightning connector, replacing the old Apple-standard 30-pin connectors. It starts at $499 for the 16GB version, the former price of the "new" (now old and seemingly disappeared from Apple's website) iPad.

The iPad mini starts at $329 for its 16gb version, boasting a significantly thinner and lighter design than its full-sized sibling. The screen has a 1024x768 resolution, the same as the iPad 2, in a smaller and thus more pixel-dense display.

Both of the new units will be available for pre-order on Oct. 26, with the Wi-Fi models shipping first on November 2 and 3G enabled units landing about two weeks later.

Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed early on in the exhibition that more than 100 million iPads have been sold since the product line was introduced two and a half years ago.


  • ertywerty - October 24, 2012 8:52 p.m.

    For me personally I just got the "New" iPad 3 and I see no need to upgrade to the 4th gen and I think many share the same opinion however there will always be those people who need the latest piece of tech and there's nothing we cn do about it... I'll just wait until the iPad 7 in a year.
  • Balaska - October 23, 2012 10:57 p.m.

    Why are people surprised? iPad 1 and 2, then 2 and 3 came out in less than a year from each other. Steve Jobs wouldn't stand for it? He didn't want an iPad mini, but he sure as hell was happy making hardware obsolete less than 12 months after release. Apple are evil, way more than MicroSoft or Activision and EA.
  • Elgyem - October 23, 2012 7:23 p.m.

    Dilbert predicted the Ipad mini before it was ever announced "we need to create something bigger than a phone and smaller than a tablet." "you want me to create something that is a bad tablet and an even worse phone?" "we're calling it a market niche" Shocking they actually went with that idea.
  • tehtimeisnow - October 23, 2012 5:45 p.m.

    appel never cease to amaz me cuz they just keep on revelutoinizeing the phone and tablet and makeing super poewrfull things like this. im bying both of these day one
  • JonTheGod - October 24, 2012 5:58 a.m.

    Learn to spell.
  • tiben36 - October 24, 2012 3:01 p.m.

    the joke ^ your head
  • Z-man427 - October 23, 2012 12:05 p.m.

    The iPad Mini. The answer to a question no one needed to ask. Seriously? 7 months? My birthday buddy Steve Jobs never would have stood for that quick of a turn around.
  • kenshinxx - October 23, 2012 12:01 p.m.

    Annnd this is why I'm done with Apple. To make a purchase obsolete a mere 7 months after release is just insulting. And you better believe I haven't updated to iOS 6 yet, and have no plans to do so. Take your crappy map app and shove it.
  • Shadow Of Death - October 23, 2012 11:56 a.m.

    I would guess it has something to do with the impending release of the Microsoft Surface. Comes out on the 26th, and at a higher price point than the 4th generation iPad. Of course, the Surface tablet will come with support for all sorts of existing windows programs (I assume the RT version of the Win8 OS won't interfere with the ability to run existing programs anyway, I could be wrong).

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