Gadgets iPad 3 vs. iPad 4: What’s the Difference?

Published on October 25th, 2012 | by Andrea

iPad 3 vs. iPad 4: What’s the Difference?

Most of our friends whom we have shared with the news of a fourth generation iPad, better known as iPad with Retina display, found it surprising because everybody were just expecting for the iPad Mini. The usual follow up questions were “What makes it different from the recent iPad?” and “Why will I bother getting one when I just bought a new iPad a few months ago!?” True story.

As Apple fans, it’s very easy to get excited with whatever Apple’s coming up with. But we think three iPads in a year is a bit exaggerated so we had to take a closer look at the features to find out how the two tablets compare. Since it’s quite a mouthful to keep on saying the full product names, we’ll refer to the latest iPad as iPad 4, and the previous one as iPad 3.

iPad with Retina display

iPad 3 vs. iPad 4: Processor

The iPad 4 features an A6X chip, which is expected to deliver up to twice the CPU and graphics performance of the A5X chip in the iPad 3. It also has an embedded quad-core graphics processor, similar to the iPhone 5.

iPad 3 vs. iPad 4: Camera

The iPad 4 has upgraded cameras. The front camera is now FaceTime HD that supports up to 720p video and 1.2 MP photos. It’s the same as iPhone 5′s and is a big difference from iPad 3′s VGA camera. It comes in handy for taking better self portraits and it provides better quality video for FaceTime and Skype calls. At the back of the iPad 4 is a new 5MP iSight camera that has a back-illuminated sensor.

It may be difficult to compare photos taken from the iPad 3 and iPad 4, but those taken in poorly lit settings will appear with less noise and better colors when using the iPad 4. Both iPad 3 and iPad 4 have video stabilization and face detection for photos, but only iPad 4 can recognize faces in videos.

iPad 3 vs iPad 4: Wi-Fi and 4G LTE

According to Apple, the iPad 4 has twice the Wi-Fi performance when compared to previous iPad models and it can support additional LTE carriers worldwide with its updated 4G LTE modem. It’s a bit unfortunate that Apple advertised the iPad 3′s 4G capabilities when it wasn’t compatible with many 4G networks outside of the US, aside from the fact that 4G still doesn’t exist in many places. Unless you live in US or UK, you might not benefit much from the 4G improvement

iPad 3 vs iPad 4: Lightning

Similar to the iPhone 5 and mini iPad, the new iPad with Retina display makes use of a Lightning connector that is smaller than the 30-pin connector. Lightning connector accessories are available to support cameras, SD cards and VGA or HDMI digital video.

iPad 3 vs. iPad 4: Dimensions

As for the dimensions and screen size, the iPad 4 doesn’t veer away from iPad 3 as it retains the 9.7-inch Retina display with the same 2048 x 1536 resolution. All other ports and buttons remain the same so iPad 3 sleeves and cases will still fit the new iPad with Retina display.

We hope we we’re able to cover all the comparison points. What do you think of the iPad with Retina display? Is it worth upgrading, or waiting until the next iPad comes along? Feel free leave your questions or opinions below.

Source: Apple Press Info and



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