Apple iPad 4

Released November, 2012
New: iPad Air (Nov, 2013)
  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • iOS 6
Armed with a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, we have to admit, the iPad 4 produces some pleasant photos that are worth saving for the memories.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2012)
8.9 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Apple iPad 4

Performance

Processing power and speed

iPad 4
8.9
Nexus 10
9.2
Nexus 7 II
n.d.
Passmark, Geekbench, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPad 4
10.0
Nexus 10
10.0
Nexus 7 II
10.0
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad 4
7.2
Nexus 10
6.5
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad 4
9.5
Nexus 10
9.1
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, trustedreviews.com and theverge.com

8.9

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

iPad 4
8.9
Nexus 10
8.7

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Apple iPad 4

geekbench Processor and memory performance

iPad 4
1,768

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad 4
1,347
Nexus 10
4,082

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad 4
850 ms
Xperia Tablet Z
1,887.5 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

iPad 4
2,495

AnTuTu 3D 3D graphics performance

iPad 4
6,458
Nexus 10
3,842

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad 4
17.3 fps
Nexus 10
12.5 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Apple iPad 4


8.5
Even now, the 9.7-inch Retina display on the iPad 4 is a marvelous thing to behold – mainly because it’s super detailed thanks to its 2048 x 1536 resolution, which puts up an admirable pixel density of 264 ppi.

9.3
The 1.3-pound iPad's 2048 x 1536 Retina display is still among the best we've seen on a tablet — I'd say the best, but the Nexus 10's display is also pretty great.

9.0
You can imagine that a device designed for internet browsing is only going to be improved hugely with the addition of a high resolution Retina Display - and you'd be pretty much bang on the money.

Overall

8.9 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

Apple hasn't updated the display on the iPad 4 from the stunning Retina display of the iPad 3.
by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2012)
Besides having to do convert high-definition videos to enable them for play on the iPad 4, there’s nothing we don’t like about the video watching experience – partly because of its brilliant looking Retina Display.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2012)
The new tablet was unveiled alongside a new iPad mini, a new Mac mini and a stunning new 13in MacBook pro Retina, and will be arriving well in time for Christmas and Thanksgiving thanks to an iPad 4 release date of 2 November.
by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2012)

Apps

The home screen is laid out in a very similar way to the iPhone, except we're seeing some much larger icons for the apps you've downloaded.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)
It's not so much that the older iPad is slow to launch apps, but the A6X-powered model is consistently and noticeably faster to do so.
by The Verge (Oct, 2012)
As for the rest of the core organizer apps, they’re the same ones we’ve been seeing of late, so there’s nothing new to be found with them.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2012)

Battery

I spent many hours playing Dead Space, Infinity Blade 2, and Zomebiewood, and the performance was near-perfect — graphics are smooth no matter how detailed, everything's incredibly responsive, and I saw nary a skipped frame or stuttery animaton.
by The Verge (Oct, 2012)
Apple has kept the battery life of the iPad 4 the same as the iPad 3, so you'll get a decent 10 hours out of it - that's what you get for having a thicker, heavier tablet than the iPad 2.
by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2012)
According to Apple, it’s mentioned to be twice as fast as the previous generation A5X – while also doubling its graphics performance without compromising battery life.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2012)

Battery life

After spending several weeks using the iPad 4 we have to say we are extremely impressed with its battery life.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)
Apple's relationship with battery life on its portable devices has been a rocky one over the years.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)
It's an interesting situation – we reckon if the same battery efficiency used here has been put in the iPad 2, the device would be rocking a time between charges of between 3-5 days, even with more than moderate use.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)

Wifi

We noticed a definite improvement in the speed with which TechRadar loaded over Wi-Fi, with a full page render nearly a second faster than on the previous iteration.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)
Above that, we've got Wi-Fi up to 802.11 n standard, aGPS and a gyroscope.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)
For instance, the new app can tell you where there are roadworks, has decent traffic information on the go (although we weren't able to test the exact accuracy of this as we only had a Wi-Fi version to test initially) and the like of Flyover, which gives a 3D render of real life stuff in a slightly peturbing form.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 9.7"
Technology TFT LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536
PPI 263 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11g
  3. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No

processor

Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1.4 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS No
Has a compass Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes
Has a light sensor Yes

storage

Internal storage 64 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB
Supported card formats None

photo & video

Adobe flash support No
Webcam 1.2 MP
Rear camera 5 MP

ports

USB support None
Hdmi support None
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack No
Has a built-in microphone Yes

form factor

Weight 652 g
Size 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm
Thickness 9.4 mm
Battery life 11 hour
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