In addition to its much anticipated downsized iPad, Apple on Tuesday introduced a 4th-generation iPad, which includes a faster processor and LTE support.
The world expected Apple to announce a 7-inch version of its signature tablet today, and it delivered on that claim, but the company also surprised consumers with a refresh of the iPad that it calls the 4th generation Apple iPad. The new iPad comes with just a couple of major improvements to its processor, ports and connectivity options. While the tablet's Retina Display size and resolution (9.7 inches and 2048 x 1536) are the same, the new iPad will pack an all-new A6X processor, touted to boast 50% faster speeds and help the slate continue to maintain up to 10 hours of battery life.
The pricing structure remains the same as for the 3rd generation iPad, which appears to be on its way out while the iPad 2 remains available. Eager iPad adopters can get the 4th-generation Apple iPad with 16GB and Wi-Fi for $499. Another 16GB model equipped with Wi-Fi and cellular connections starts at $629. The prices climb to $599 and $699 for 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi only models and $729 and $829 for 32GB and 64GB of cellular-enabled units.