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Howcome did Apple introduce iPad Retina so close to iPad 3 release?

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Dec 5, 2012 1:09 PM

I'm considering to buy a iPad 3, however I wonder if the A5X chip is good enough with the Retina display, since Apple released the iPad 4 (Retina) only ~8 months after. Any experiences and recommendations. I can buy the iPad 3 for ~25 % less the price of iPad 4.



  • James Ward4 Level 7 Level 7 (23,125 points)

    I have a third gen (purchased the weekend of relase) and I am perfectly happy with it. If I were making the purchase today, for the 25% difference in price, I would probably go with the 4th gen, for the faster processor if nothing else.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,090 points)

    How come? Because they did, presumably for reasons of remaining in the lead with other tablets such as the Microsoft Surface coming out.

    As to whether the 3rd-generation iPad is still good enough, I've certainly found it to be so. I would buy the 4th-generation if I was buying a new one, for the increased performance and the probability that it will be supported with iOS updates longer, but I've found no reason to rush to upgrade my current iPad. Even my wife's iPad 2 is doing just fine. So it really comes down to your budget. If price is an issue, you may want to wait until after the holidays and see if refurbished 4th-gen iPads become available through the Apple Store (they certainly will eventually, but it remains to be seen how soon).




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