iPad 4 unboxing and hardware hands-on

Half a year later and a generation ahead, the iPad 4 is here and while it's the same in almost every discernible way to the previous iPad 3, there are a few things absolutely worth discerning. First, it's got the new Lightning connector. Second, it's got a 720p FaceTime HD camera on the front. Third, it's got an all new, all powerful Apple A6X processor inside (and the forthcoming LTE version will have an all new, all international LTE chipset to boot). But can you judge that particular book by this cover? Watch!

iPad 4 unboxing and hardware hands-on

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iPad 4 unboxing and hardware hands-on


Nice! Maybe Apple will freshen up the design language of the full-sized iPad next year. It's possible that Apple could be planning this:

2012: iPad 3rd-gen / 4th-gen in very similar enclosures.
2013: iPad 5th-gen with updated enclosure (chamfering, slate) and A7X 32-bit chip.
2014: All-new iPad 6th-gen with IGZO/OLED screen, A8X 64-bit chip, thinner form factor.

It may not be possible for Apple to make the big iPad thinner until there is an alternative to the LCD screen. IGZO conductors are far more efficient and more transparent than amorphous silicon, and OLED would eliminate the need for separate LED backlighting. Those two technologies plus further AX chip advancement could enable Apple to use even smaller batteries, hence a slimmer form factor.

better not be a year from now!! Apple needs to be sure not to get behind! A new iPad every 6 months would keep them at the top!!

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