Apple also introduced a lineup of new Smart Covers for the iPad mini. The polyurethane Smart Covers custom-designed for the iPad mini are available in pink, green, blue, light gray, dark gray and (Product) red for $39. Existing Smart Covers and Smart Cases work with the fourth-generation iPad. Among the new Lightning accessories Apple unveiled on Tuesday are cables for connecting cameras and SD cards.
Schiller also took the wraps off the new fourth-generation iPad, saying, "It's amazing." The new iPad uses the Apple A6X chip, a new chip that further improves upon the speed performance of the A6; the company claims that it's twice as fast as the A5X, with double the graphics performance. It gets the same ten hours of battery life as the third-generation iPad.
New to the fourth-generation iPad is a FaceTime HD front-facing camera and a Lightning port that replaces the 30-pin dock connector of old. And the Wi-Fi is twice as fast as in the previous generation.
Like the third-generation iPad, the fourth-generation iPad comes in black in white. It keeps the same pricing: The base 16GB model starts at $499, with 32GB at $599 and 64GB at $699. Cellular-ready models are available for $130 extra, at $529, $629, and $729 for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB respectively.
Pre-orders for the fourth-generation iPad will follow the same schedule as the iPad mini, starting this Friday.
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