Apple is releasing an 128GB version of the iPad with Retina Display – or iPad 4. Set to launch at the start of February, this doubles the capacity of the current iPad and means it joins the 16GB, 32GB, 64GB versions of Apple’s table.
Philip Schiller from Apple comments. “With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.”
The 128GB iPad will launch on Tuesday 5th February and will be available in black or white. The iPad will cost £659 for the WiFi version and £739 for the WiFi+4G version.
What are the iPad 4’s main features?
The iPad 4 replaces the new iPad – and it’s officially called the ‘iPad with Retina display.’ It retains the 9.7-inch screen with a Retina display, but there are three core differences since its : LTE – or 4G (for ultra-fast connectivity), the new Lightening port and the A6X processor.
The A6X chip, Apple claims offers twice the processor and graphics performance as the A5X chip on the new iPad. In short games like N.O.V.A. 3 which compromised graphic performance to run smoothly on the new iPad (iPad third generation), should now ably handle high-res graphics and fast motion.
While it’s great news that there’s a new iPad, if you’ve just invested in the new iPad, it’s disappointing. Although we need to be clear, that in day to day use there won’t be a great deal of difference between the two iPads – but gaming will be superior.
When it comes to 4G support the iPad 4 is only compatible with the 1800MHz band – due to be launched by EE within the next week. In short if you buy the iPad 4 it will only work on EE (and later Three’s network), so if O2 or Vodafone launch more competitive 4G tariffs, the iPad 4 won’t be compatible.
- Processor: A6X
- Screen: 9.7-inch screen 2048×1536 at 264ppi
- Storage: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
- Operating system: iOS 6
- Camera: 5-megapixel primary with autofocus, 1.2-megapixel secondary
- Connectivity: Lightening, Bluetooth 4.0
- Battery: 10 hours web use
- Dimensions/weight: 241×185.7×9.4mm/652g (WiFi) 662g (3G)
What operating system will the iPad 4 generation run on?
The iPad will run on iOS 6 – the latest version of Apple’s operating system, complete with Apple Maps, Panorama and Siri with local search.
What are the alternatives?
Apple will still be selling the iPad 2, which will cost £329 – as before. However Apple has discontinued the new iPad – despite it only being available to buy less than for a year. Big-screen rivals in the tablet sphere include the Asus Transformer TF700 or Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.
When will the iPad 4 be available?
The iPad 4 launched in October and is widely available now, the 128GB version launches at the start of February.
How much will the iPad 4 cost?
The iPad 4 WiFi costs £399 for 16GB, £479 for 32GB , £559 for 64GB and £639 for 128GB. The 3G version starts at £499 for 16GB, £579 for 32GB, £659 for 64GB and £739 for 128GB.
Updating with 4G band information