Apple announces new fourth-gen iPad with A6X processor

23 October, 2012 - Killian Bell
fourth-generation iPad

When Tim Cook took to the stage for Apple’s special event in San Jose today, we expected him to announce the new iPad mini, and we had a good feeling he’d announce new Macs. But what we weren’t expecting was a new, fourth-generation iPad with an A6X processor.

The fourth-generation iPad looks just like the second- and third-generation iPads on the outside, but on the inside it’s got lots of new features.

In addition to a new A6X processor, which offers double the performance of the A5X and quad-core graphics, the device features Apple’s new Lightning connector, and 2x faster Wi-Fi.

It also has a FaceTime HD camera at the front, capable of shooting 720p video, and the same 5-megapixel iSight camera at the back. It maintains its stunning Retina display, and the same 10-hour battery life we’ve come to expect from the iPad.

Arguably its best feature, however, is its price tag: the fourth-generation iPad costs exactly the same as the third-generation – so the entry-level version with 16GB of storage is £399 ($499).

You can pre-order yours starting this Friday.

About the author

Killian Bell is a freelance journalist based in Worcestershire UK. In addition to writing about all things Apple, he's one of the co-founders of the football site TitleTalk. You can follow him on and Twitter.