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Does iPad 4 need some special set up?

761 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Nov 3, 2012 1:57 PM by skiphunt RSS
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Nov 3, 2012 12:33 AM

Ok, I bought into all the hype & picked up a 4th gen iPad 32GB wifi today to replace my 16GB iPad 2.


Finally got everything backed up, installed & restored. What I don't get is that I'm really not seeing a huge difference. Yes, the display appears to be a little sharper & color is marginally better. Speed doesn't seem that much faster to me. Maybe slightly, but I'm very underwhelmed at the moment.


Can someone suggest something to try that will clearly illustrate & justify the upgrade from an iPad 2 to iPad 4? Seriously, I'm using them side by side, displaying the same images from each & running the same apps, etc. but am not even close to being "blown away". I picked this up from Bestbuy, so returning the iPad 4 is easy enough... just want to make sure I'm not missing something.


I'm a photographer with a focussed eye on graphic display, and am simply not seeing that much difference here. I'm no novice with regards to photography either:


I don't play games much, but use the iPad on the road for content creation including video work. So far, I'm wondering what the gain was by upgrading to iPad 4?


Running side by side, same apps, looking at same photos... and, I'm pretty underwhelmed initially. I must be missing something, because I don't notice it being that much better. Doesn't feel any faster. Fine text is a bit crisper. Photos have very slightly better color/contrast, but only if you're looking at them side by side with a critical eye.


Unless I discover something I'm missing or don't have set right... Might return it. I really don't care about Siri either. Don't find myself using it on the iPhone 5 either. So far, disappointed in this new iPad. I have to be missing something though, since the reviews keep talking about what an order of magnitude leap ahead the retina screen & A6 processor are. Can't be ALL hype can it?

  • nick101 Level 4 Level 4 (3,500 points)
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    Nov 3, 2012 2:31 AM (in response to skiphunt)

    The 2 big differences are the Retina display and the graphics processor (there are others, but they're smaller).


    If, to your eyes, there's no major improvement in the Retina display  and you don't play games, then you're probably wise to return it.


    I went from a 1 to a 3 (in other words, the same display change) and I see a massive difference. I also am a phtographer, and I see richer colour o=and more detail.


    Where I see the greates difference, though, is in text, which is much clearer.


    Much of this is in the eye of the beholder

  • Tgara Level 4 Level 4 (3,540 points)
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    Nov 3, 2012 2:56 AM (in response to skiphunt)

    The upgraded chip in the latest iPad is there mainly to handle the multitude of more pixels in the Retina display.  Under normal use (email, etc), you won't see much of a speed difference.  The exceptions are graphics-intensive applications like photo or video editing, games, etc.


    Not wanting to be harsh here, but didn't you try out the iPad 4 before you bought it?  The way you describe it, it sounds like you made an impulse purchase and are now regretting it.  As Nick said, unless you find the Retina display noticeably better than the display in your previous model, you should probably return it.

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6 (12,460 points)
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    Nov 3, 2012 7:35 AM (in response to skiphunt)

    If your photo are only 900 pixels on the long side the retina display won't help them look that much better. If you need to keep photos sized that small on the iPad for some reason I'd also put larger files of the same photos to show clients. Use an app like Photo Manager Pro to store full resolution photos on your iPad. That way you can show clients the entire photo or zoom in to show detail areas.

  • nick101 Level 4 Level 4 (3,500 points)
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    Nov 3, 2012 9:29 AM (in response to skiphunt)

    Fair enough - it's your eyes that matter here, not mine (or anyone else's). There's no point at all in paying out a large amount for no purpose. If the 2 does the job, keep it. I bough a 1 on launch day and ignored the 2, bought a 3 for the horsepower (the display was jam on the bread and butter) and I'll sit out the 4.


    It'll be fascinating to see what the 5 has, wehnerv that is


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