The iPad will keep its stunning and resolutionary Retina display at 2048×1536, or a total of 3.1 million pixels. But it now has a new chipset called the A6X, as opposed to the A5X found in the 3rd-gen iPad and the A6 found in the new iPhone 5, which doubles the CPU and graphics performance from the previous iteration of iPad. Surely iOS game designers will have a field day pushing this new chip to its limits to bring almost console quality gaming to the iPad.
For Facetime and Skype, your face will be displayed in 720p HD with the new front-facing camera, and it will keep the 5-megapixel iSight sensor on the back to shoot crisp photos and 1080p HD video. Even the Wifi and LTE radios have been updated to match the iPhone 5 in performance and make surfing the web on your iPad extra smooth. It has, of course, replaced the 30-pin dock connector with the thinner, lighter, and reversible new Lightning connector to matched the latest iPhone as well.
It does all this and more for 10 hours on average, so you will never have to worry about missing a beat with the latest and greatest tablet on the market. So does this sound like the update you were hoping for back in March, or is it still not enough to convince you to buy an iPad 4? You can pre-order it this Friday, October 26, at midnight PST at the same pricing as the current generation iPad and the Wifi-only models will ship out a week later on November 2nd and the cellular models will follow two weeks later.