The new iPad (technically just known as “iPad” at the Apple Store) has a few upgrades, two minor, one significantly major. A Lightning connector replaces the old 30-pin, just like all other new iOS devices this fall. And while the rear iSight camera remains the same (5 megapixels), the front-facing FaceTime camera has been upgraded to HD status: 720p video recording and sharper self-portraits. The LTE versions of the new iPad also work with a wider range of international carriers.
The newest iPad’s faster A6X processor adds extra system speed and graphics power. Improved worldwide cellular compatibility makes the LTE model a more appealing proposition. And the iOS App Store remains best in class, with the widest selection.
The latest iPad adds several tweaks and improvements to secure its position at the top of the tablet heap. It’s better all around, but third-gen owners need not apply.
Apple iPad Mini
The iPad Mini’s ultrathin and light design is far more intimate and booklike than the larger iPad, and its cameras, storage capacities, optional LTE antenna, and general functionality offer a full iPad experience. The screen’s dimensions elegantly display larger-format magazines and apps.
If you want the full, polished Apple tablet experience in a smaller package, the iPad Mini is worth the premium price. Otherwise, good alternatives are available for less money.
The 2012 fifth-generation iPod Touch has an excellent set of features: better front and back cameras, 1080p video recording, iOS 6, and a 4-inch Retina Display just like on the iPhone 5, in a design even thinner than the iPhone.
The latest iPod Touch is the best iPod ever, and as close to a phoneless iPhone 5 as you can get — but its high price makes it a tough call versus cheaper tablets with larger screens.
It’s a big leap, both in terms of design and performance: a dual-core A5 processor replaces the last version’s A4. A 5-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording isn’t as good as the iPhone 5’s camera, but it’s far better than the one on the last Touch. That’s in keeping with the iPod Touch tradition of offering a little less than the latest and greatest iPhone.