Apple iPad 4  vs

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Released November, 2012

Apple iPad 4

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 4
8.7 Out of 10
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)
Released March, 2012

Apple iPad 3

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 3
8.4 Out of 10
The other big boon of the iPad 3G is that you get GPS capabilities, so you'll get a better experience in, say, Google Maps and geo-tagged tweets, for example.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of 4 vs 3


Processing power and speed

iPad 4
iPad 3
Passmark, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

iPad 4
iPad 3
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad 4
iPad 3
Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad 4
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No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad 4 vs 3

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad 4
iPad 3

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad 4
850 ms
iPad 3
1,817 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

iPad 4
iPad 3

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad 4
17.3 fps
iPad 3
6.8 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPad 4
54.4 fps
iPad 3
27.5 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Bottom view of Apple iPad 4

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 4

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Much faster graphics 17.3 fps vs 6.8 fps More than 2.5x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Slightly longer battery life 11 hour vs 10 hour 10% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Faster processor 1.4 GHz vs 1 GHz Around 40% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Slightly higher resolution front camera 1.2 MP vs 0.3 MP 4x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Newer Nov, 2012 vs Mar, 2012 Release date 7 months later
Front view of Apple iPad 3

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Apple iPad 3

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Faster web browser 2,727 vs 2,495 Around 10% better BrowserMark score
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage

Reviews Word on the street

iPad 4  vs

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.
iPad 4

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.
iPad 4


8.9 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


iPad 4  vs
Size 9.7" 9.7"
Technology TFT LCD TFT LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536 2048 x 1536
PPI 263 ppi 263 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No Yes


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.4 GHz 1 GHz


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


iPad 4  vs
Internal storage 64 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 1.2 MP 0.3 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 5 MP


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

form factor

Weight 652 g 662 g
Size 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm
Thickness 9.4 mm 9.4 mm
Battery life 11 hour 10 hour
Apple iPad 4
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