I still can't believe that Apple announced the 4th Generation iPad, the latest iteration to the company's popular tablet line, just 6 months after they launched the New iPad.

But yeah, the company has made the decision and although it's clearly a punch in the gut for New iPad owners and network carriers, Apple fans can't really do anything but to just accept it. That's just how it is, I guess.

apple ipad 4th generation

There's not much to say about the 4th generation iPad, really, other than the fact that it looks almost exactly like the New iPad with little changes here and there. If you ask me, I think that the new slate would a fitting upgrade for iPad2 owners but if you're currently using the New iPad, then you might want to give it a pass and just wait for the 5th generation release (If you haven't decided to jump ship to Android or Windows RT by then, that is.)

When you place iPad 4th Generation beside the New iPad, you'll find that the most noticeable (or not) cosmetic difference comes in the form of the new 9-pin Lightning port, which altogether replaced the dock-connector on the previous release. Apple is expected to make more than $200 Million of additional revenue from accessories that work with this redesigned port. So there you go.

But the more important changes are found under the hood. The refreshed slate is powered by the new Apple A6X processor which is said to have twice the power and graphics performance of the Apple A5X chip inside the New iPad. Additionally, the 4th generation release comes with an upgraded 1.2 MegaPixel front-facing camera with back-lit sensor that also lets you make FaceTime HD video calls.

Apple's new tablet will be released in the United States on November 2, 2012. No word yet from the company, its carriers or official retailers in the Philippines on its availability but I believe it should reach our shores by Q1 2013. Keep scrolling down for the TP price guesstimate on all Apple iPad 4th Generation variants.

TechPinas Tablet Technical Specs Table (TTabTST)
Name Apple iPad 4th Generation
Type Tablet
Price Category High-End (Flagship Release)
Dimensions and WeightWifi Only Version:
Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
Depth: 0.37 inch (9.4 mm)
Weight: 1.44 pounds (652 g)

Wifi+4G:
Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
Depth: 0.37 inch (9.4 mm)
Weight: 1.46 pounds (662 g)
Available Colors Metal Finish - Anodized Aluminum at the back. Front - White, Black bezel options
Operating System iOS 6
Display 9.7-inch, 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution Retina Display Capacitive Touchscreen, 44% greater saturation than iPad2 display
Processor Apple A6X custom-designed, high-performance yet low-power system-on-a-chip processor with quad-core graphics
Camera Back camera: 5 MegaPixel iSight Camera with Backside Illumination, Five-elements lens, Hybrid IR filter, ƒ/2.4 aperture, Front Camera (FaceTime Camera): 1.2 MegaPixel with Backside Illumination
Video Capture Back camera: Video recording, Full HD 1080p up to 30 frames per second
Front camera: Video recording, 720p to 30 frames per second with audio
Audio and Video Playback Audio: HE-AAC (V1 and V2), AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

Video: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Ports 3.5 mm audio jack, Lightning port, microSIM card tray for the 4G version
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Personal Hotspot, Bluetooth wireless technology 4.0 + EDR, 3G, 4G LTE
Memory option of either 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of non-expandable internal storage
Sensors Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Battery Li-Po 11,666 mAh (to be confirmed)
Uptime Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on watching video, Wi-Fi, or listening to music, Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using 4G cellular data network
Announcement Worldwide: October 24, 2012
Availability TP Guesstimate: Q1 2013, Philippines
Price TP Guesstimate:
WiFi Only Variants
16GB – Php 23,990
32GB – Php 28,990
64GB – Php 33,990

WiFi + Cellular Variants
16GB – Php 29,990
32GB – Php 34,990
64GB – Php 39,990