Basically the iPad 4 comes with the following updates:
- A6X processor, which Apple claims is twice as fast as the outgoing model’s A5X chip.
- It supports dual-band 802.11n (2.4 GHz/5 GHz) in addition to 802.11a/b/g.
- It is compatible with Sprint’s LTE (who cares)
- HD Face time camera
- 30-pin port for the Lightning port.
The iPad Mini which I was ready to pre-order come with non of that except the 30-pin port and the HD Face Time camera. But basically you are buying an old iPad but smaller. The biggest issue for me is the retina display. Not sure how Apple missed that. Apple been making the retina display for a while now and all their new products are coming out with that display. Would Steve Jobs release the new Mini with an older display? I don’t think so. I think Apple failed here. I think the new Mini will open a whole new segment for Apple but for me, I am holding my wallet until iPad Mini 2 which will most likely come with the retina display and the new A6x processor.
So for now, I am still holding on to my iPad 1 (yes I haven’t upgraded yet).