Apple announces 4th generation iPad

It’s not quite what we expected, but Apple has just introduced us to a new, 4th generation iPad at its event in San Jose, California today. It’s essentially a hardware refresh for Apple’s 3rd gen slate, as it packs new A6X silicon with quad-core graphics that the company claims provides double the performance of the old A5X chip. The new iPad also gets dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, expanded LTE compatibility (including Sprint and KDDI), a 720p FaceTime camera on the front and the new image processor first seen in the iPhone 5. Of course, it also gets the reversible Lightning port that debuted on on the iPhone, and will be available in both black and white. Pricing stays the same as its predecessor, with a 16GB WiFi version for $499 and a 16GB model with cellular data on board costs $629. Interested? You’ll be able to pick one up through Apple’s online and brick and mortar stores or Apple Authorized Resellers in a host of countries — listed in the PR after the break — on November 2nd.