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What You Need To Know About The New 4th Generation iPad

Sure, today’s mostly about the iPad Mini, but Apple just announced a new fourth-generation full-sized iPad. It’s a lot the same, but some key things have changed. Here’s everything you’ll want to know about it.

The tablet has a new A6X chip, which Apple claims runs twice as fas on both CPU and GPU functions. That’s pretty standard by now for Apple, which sees performance gains in that range every generation, but it’s just six months after the last go-round, so it’s sort of impressive. The screen is the same 9.7-inch 264ppi display.

The new iPad also has a Lightning connector, replacing the old 30-pin connector, which presumably saves some size in the body, but there are no dimension changes to report. Fingers crossed that that means Apple just went ahead and crammed some extra battery into it.

It fits into the regular iPad pricing scheme, starting at $539 in Australia, and an LTE model starting from $679. Unlike previous versions of the iPad, which were not compatible with Australian 4G networks, the 4th-gen iPad and iPad Mini is understood to come with 4G functionality. [Apple]

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