Why did Apple release the iPad 4 this early?
Not really overshadowed by the launch of the iPad mini, the iPad 4 was also unveiled and a lot of iPad 3 owners are miffed with its arrival.
The iPad 4 came just about 7 months after the iPad 3 was launched with only a slight spec bump and a new connector. You must be wondering why not wait until next year for the next version and a few more upgrades as Apple normally does?
Well here are our thoughts on this matter:
It has something to do with the Lightning connector. The iPhone 5, the new iPods and the iPad mini all have the smaller Lightning connector, so why not do the same with the iPad? Apple wants new adopters of their products to have the same mindset when it comes to choosing accessories. A new iPhone 5 owner who also wants to get an iPad will no longer have to deal with different connectors and accessories.
It has something to do with the iPad mini. Apple probably thinks that with the arrival of the iPad mini, a lot of people will choose it over the iPad 3 since the specs are almost identical. Giving the iPad 4 the twice-powerful A6X processor will slightly widen the gap of the iPad and the iPad mini.
It has something to do with the iPad 3. Frankly speaking, the iPad 3 was a letdown, similar to how the iPod Touch 3rd Gen was a poor upgrade from its predecessor. The iPad 4 should be the iPad 3 but Apple had to show something to the public last March so they went out with the iPad 3 and highlighted its Retina Display and nothing else.
Anyway you look at it, me thinks Apple screwed iPad 3 owners with the release of the iPad 4, but don’t feel bad if you’re one of them. Apple has been doing this for a long time already and as long as you’re perfectly happy with your iDevice then you shouldn’t be bothered by this.