For most Apple devotees, the iPad 4th generation may seem like an insignificant upgrade.
Apple’s vicious cycle of technical upgrades often leaves proud owners of ‘new’ devices in the dust. The iPad 4th generation represents the most rapid turnaround between devices in the iPad line, but as most early adopters of this device are noting, the benefits of the upgrade are not yet seen.
The new A6X processor is certainly fast, but doesn’t warrant an upgrade from the iPad 3rd gen, for now. I am sure we will eventually see apps taking advantage of the extra power, but the continued existence of the iPad2 and the birth of the iPad Mini means that until the lower end of the spec range is bumped up we won’t see too many games that fully harness iPad 4th Gen’s power.
I upgraded from a 1st gen iPad, for me the change is phenomenal. As the rest of the world already knows, games look absolutely fantastic on the more recent iPads. Browsing is snappy, the cameras are great, and everything else you love about the iPad is here, but faster.
The new iPad also feature’s Apple’s new “lightning connector,” and because the only thing I ever plug my iPad in for is either to charge or to back up, I can’t say that the change is significant.
Is the 4th generation iPad a good device? Definitely. For Apple fans such as myself, who are upgrading from an original iPad, the difference in hardware and leap in App compatability are most certainly worth the purchase. First time iPad owners should definitely pay the extra cash for the 4th Gen over the iPad 2. I would, however, encourage 2nd and 3rd gen owners to hold off on the purchase. Chances are, by the time something takes advantage of the iPad 4th generation, the iPad 5th gen will already be out.