Apple kept the product release train rolling during it’s press conference today. Besides the iPad Mini, they unveiled a refreshed iPad. Now in its fourth generation, the new iPad gets a heart transplant: It’s now powered by a A6X processor that Apple claims will provide up to twice the processing power and twice the graphics power of the previous generation’s A5X chip. There’s a new FaceTime HD front facing camera atop the same Retina Display iPad 3rd generation and iPhone 4+ users know and love as well as faster Wi-Fi performance. Apple’s also expanded availability of the 3G/4G iPad across carriers worldwide, including Sprint for those of us in the US.
The physical design of the new iPad stays largely the same minus the inclusion of the new Lightning connector first shown on the iPhone 5. This means that all your existing protection accessories like the Smart Cover will thankfully work on this 4th generation as well. Color choices are also unchanged, you can pick any color your heart desires…as long as it’s white or black with an aluminum back.
The new iPad Wi-FI starts at $499 for the 16 GB model and maxes out at $699 for the 64 GB model. 3G/4G variants start at $629 for the 16 GB and top out at a eyepopping $829 for the 64 GB model.
Preorders for the new iPad begin on Friday, October 22nd for most countries, with an in store availability date of November 2nd for Wi-Fi models. 3G/4G models will begin shipping a few weeks after that.