Apple Announces 4th Generation iPad with Retina Display

In addition to the iPad mini, Apple today announced a new version of the iPad with retina display -- just 6 months after the model was first introduced. Referrinig to it as the 4th-generation iPad, Phil Schiller said that it now has an A6X chip that doubles the performance for CPU tasks, as well as doubling graphics performance. It also uses a new-generation image processor for tasks such as face recognition. It's now compatible with many more LTE networks worldwide, and also has new WiFi technology that doubles the speed. And, as expected, it comes with the new Lightning dock connector. The prices are the same as before, starting at $499 for WiFi and $629 for the model that connects to the cellular data network.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.