Apple today announced that it was replacing the iPad 2 with the iPad 4 as the full-size ‘starter iPad’.
The move is significant for electronic musicians using iOS, because the fourth generation iPad offers substantial improvements over its predecessor:
- 9.7-inch Retina display offers double the screen resolution
- A6X chip about 3X faster
- Higher resolution cameras – 5MP iSight camera that can capture 1080p HD video & a FaceTime HD camera
- Lightning port vs 30-pin connector
- Faster WiFi networking
- Double the RAM
The iPad 2 was getting long in the tooth and was easily taxed by the demands of current mobile music apps. With the update, Apple’s full-size ‘starter iPad’ is now much more ‘future proof’ for electronic musicians than the device it replaces.
The iPad with Retina display models in black or white are available for US $399 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.