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Like all earlier iPad models, the iPad 4th Gen (Wi-Fi/Cellular - AT&T - GSM/LTE 4, 17, A-GPS, A1459) -- which some may choose to call the "iPad 4" and Apple formally called the "iPad with Retina Display" in marketing materials -- is a tablet computer for the web, e-mail, photos, video, music, gaming and more.
The iPad 4th Gen models share essentially the same housing as the iPad 3rd Gen models before them, except that the iPad 4th Gen is equipped with a Lightning port (rather than the older Dock Connector port), and internally has a faster processor, faster Wi-Fi, and a better camera. This specific A1459 model also has support for A-GPS and GLONASS, GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA, and LTE bands 4 and 17. In the US, it originally was intended to run on the AT&T network (and T-Mobile later).
All iPad 4th Gen models feature a 9.7-inch 2048x1536 (264 ppi) multitouch glossy LED-backlit "retina" display, a dual-core 1.4 GHz Apple A6X "system on a chip" with quad core graphics, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB of flash memory storage, dual cameras -- a rear-mounted 5 megapixel "iSight" camera capable of shooting stills and 1080p video and a front-mounted 1.2 megapixel "FaceTime HD" camera capable of shooting stills and 720p video, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and more.
The battery life of this iPad 4th Gen model is reportedly 10 hours "surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music" and 9 hours "surfing the web using cellular data."
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|Introduction Date:||October 23, 2012*||Discontinued Date:||October 16, 2014**|
|Details:||The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.
*This model was introduced on October 23, 2012 and shipped on November 2, 2012. On January 29, 2013, Apple introduced a 128 GB configuration and this larger capacity model shipped starting February 5, 2013.
**On October 22, 2013, Apple discontinued all iPad 4th Gen models until March 18, 2014, when it reintroduced a 16 GB configuration. This final configuration was discontinued on October 16, 2014.
Also see: All iPad models introduced in 2012.
|Processors:||1 (2 Cores)||Geekbench 2 (32):||1756|
|Details:||Geekbench 2 provides 32-bit benchmarks for iOS models. This number is an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all Geekbench 2 user submissions for devices with the iPad3,5 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, please see EveryiPod.com's Ultimate iComparison.
|Geekbench 3 (32):||773||Geekbench 3 (32):||1410|
|Details:||These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for devices with the iPad3,5 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, see Everyi.com's Ultimate iComparison.
|Geekbench 3 (64):||N/A||Geekbench 3 (64):||N/A|
|Details:||The Geekbench 3 benchmark does not support 64-bit mode for this model. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 64-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for devices with the iPad3,5 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 3 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, see Everyi.com's Ultimate iComparison.
|Processor Speed:||1.4 GHz*||Processor Type:||Apple A6X|
|Details:||*The iPad 4th Gen models use a "dual core Apple A6X [processor] with quad-core graphics." Apple does not specify a clockspeed, but the third-party Geekbench software program determined it has a 1.4 GHz processor.
Also see: How does the performance of the iPad 4th Gen compare to the iPad 3rd Gen and earlier iPad models?
|Onboard RAM:||1 GB*||Storage Capacity:||16, 32, 64, 128 GB*|
|Details:||*Apple released no official information regarding the amount of onboard RAM although software and hardware analysis has determined it has 1 GB of RAM.|
|Song Capacity:||N/A*||Photo Capacity:||N/A*|
|Details:||*Apple does not provide an official estimate for the number of songs, photos, and videos that any iPad can hold, instead opting for just gigabytes.|
|USB Support:||Sync & Charge (Lightning)||Firewire Support:||None|
|Case Type:||Tablet/Slate||Form Factor:||iPad 4th Gen|
|Housing Color:||Black or White/Silver*||Controller:||Multi-touch|
|Details:||*The iPad 4th Gen models have a black-trimmed or white-trimmed "glossy" glass front and a silver aluminum back.|
|Built-in Display:||9.7" Color*||Display Resolution:||2048x1536 (264 ppi)|
|Details:||*The iPad 4th Gen models have a 9.7" IPS LED-backlit 2048 by 1536 "retina" display (264 ppi) with an "oleophobic" (oil repellent) coating. They also provide video mirroring and video out support up to 1080p using the "Lightning Digital AV Adapter" and the "Lightning to VGA Adapter."
In the US, site sponsor Mission Repair offers free diagnosis of hardware problems and 24-hour repairs for cracked displays as well as dead batteries, broken buttons, and more for this iPad.
For those interested in do-it-yourself repair, Mission Repair ships quality upgrade kits and parts for this iPad worldwide.
|Standard Wireless:||802.11a/b/g/n*||Standard Bluetooth:||4.0|
|Details:||*All iPad 4th Gen configurations support 802.11a/b/g/n on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies (dual band/dual stream).|
|Cell Network:||GSM/LTE*||Camera:||5 Megapixels**|
|Details:||*This A1459 iPad 4th Gen model supports cellular data connectivity via AT&T in the US. Specifically, it supports 4G LTE (bands 4 and 17), as well as GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) and UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz).**The iPad 4th Gen has dual cameras. The rear "iSight" camera has a 5 megapixel sensor and supports still photographs as well as HD video recording (1080p up to 30 FPS with audio). The front mounted "FaceTime HD" camera, designed to be used for video conferencing in conjunction with Apple's provided FaceTime software over a Wi-Fi network, has a 1.2 megapixel sensor and takes videos up to 720p.|
|Battery Type:||Lithium Polymer (42.5 Whr)||Battery Life (Music):||9-10 Hours*|
|Details:||*Apple estimates that this iPad 4th Gen provides "up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music" and 9 hours "surfing the web using cellular data."|
|Battery Life (Voice):||N/A||Standby Time:||N/A|
|Details:||Apple does not report the standby time for the iPad 4th Gen.|
|Apple Order No:||MD516LL/A*||Apple Subfamily:||iPad 4th Gen (Wi-Fi + Cellular)|
|Details:||*MD516LL/A refers to the 16 GB configuration in black. The 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in black are MD517LL/A and MD518LL/A, respectively. The 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB configurations in white are MD519LL/A, MD520LL/A, and MD521LL/A, respectively. The 128 GB configurations, introduced January 29, 2013, are order numbers ME400LL/A and ME401LL/A, in black and white, respectively. Finally, the 16 GB T-Mobile configurations released March 18, 2014 are MG932LL/A and MG942LL/A, in black and white, respectively.|
|Apple Model No:||A1459 (EMC 2605*)||Model ID:||iPad3,5|
|Details:||The Model Number (external) is unique to this model.
*Please note that the EMC number is not externally listed on this model.
Also see: All iPhones with the A1459 Model Number, the 2605* EMC Number, and the iPad3,5 Model Identifier.
|Pre-Installed OS:||iOS 6||Maximum OS:||Current|
|Details:||With the exception of a couple of minor photography features, this model is fully supported by the last version of iOS 7. It also is fully supported by the current version of iOS 8 with the notable exception of "Health" functionality.
Also see: Which iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models fully support iOS 8? For models that "partially" support iOS 8, which features are and are not supported?
|Dimensions:||9.50 x 7.31 x 0.37||Avg. Weight:||1.46 lbs. (662 g)|
|Details:||The iPad 4th Gen (held vertically) is 9.50 inches tall, 7.31 inches wide, and 0.37 of an inch deep (241.2 mm x 185.7 mm x 9.4 mm).
The iPad 4th Gen versions equipped with Wi-Fi and 4G LTE support weigh 1.46 pounds (662 g).
|Mac Support:||Mac OS X 10.6.8||Windows Support:||Windows XP SP2/Vista/7|
|Details:||If syncing with iTunes is desired, Apple notes that Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later and iTunes is required to use this iPad with a Mac. To sync this iPad with a PC, Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later is required as well as iTunes.|
|Audio Support:||Apple reports that the iPad 4th Gen models support "AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV."|
|Video Support:||Apple reports that the iPad 4th Gen models support "H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format."|
|Incl. Accessories:||The iPad 4th Gen also includes a Lightning to USB cable and USB power adapter.|
|Original Price:||US$629-US$829*||Est. Current Retail:||US$325-US$550|
|Details:||*There originally were three configurations of the iPad 4th Gen (Wi-Fi/Cellular AT&T/GPS). These configurations include 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB of storage -- in both white or black -- and sold for US$629, US$729, and US$829, respectively. The 128 GB configuration, also offered in white or black, sold for US$929. The final 16 GB configuration was sold in white or black for US$529.
Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).
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Global original prices for the iPad 4th Gen (Wi-Fi/AT&T/GPS) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region. Please note that prices with an asterisk (*) are bound by carrier contractual obligations.
For global original prices for all iPod, iPhone, and iPad models in one particular country on a single page, please refer to Everyi.com's Global Original Prices section.
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Original Prices - North America
|Canada:||C$629, C$729, C$829, C$929||United States:||US$629-US$829*|
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Ten of the most popular Q&As about the iPad line follow.