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The iPad 3 has had the shortest shelf life of any Apple tablet in existence. Having arrived only in March in a blaze of glory, it’s quickly been replaced by the fourth-generation iPad, and although the aesthetic changes are negligible (the Lightning cable has replaced the 30-pin job), internally, the newer of the two is said to be "twice as fast."

Apple, like nearly all smartphone vendors, make plenty of claims on launch day, but that’s not to say all of the numbers quoted and statements made always bear fruit. The only way we can gauge if the iPad 4 is truly as much faster as its predecessor than Apple claims, is to put the pair of them side-by-side and carry out some simple tests.

Folks over at TechCrunch have put together a great video, and as you can see from it below, iPad 4 is quite a bit snappier than its predecessor.

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The new A6X chip delivers a noticeably snappier experience throughout. If you’ve used an iPhone in the past and just picked up an iPhone 5, you’ll be able to empathize with what I mean. The new tablet, as with the new smartphone, is generally more responsive and slick, and although the iPad 3 isn’t exactly slow, speed enhancements are always welcome.

The new processor is not only adept to a generally faster performance, though. If you like using your iPad for the purpose of gaming, you’re really in for a treat. The iPad 3 offered a quad-core GPU for excellent graphics performance, and with Apple having upped its SoC game once more, you’ve got yourself a lag-free experience throughout.

Ultimately, both tablets deliver a performance reflective of a high-end tablet, so even if you feel a little underhanded having bought yourself an iPad 3, you really shouldn’t do. It’s true, the newest 9.7-inch iPad is the very best on the market in terms of overall performance, but if it’s any consolation, the iPad 3 is very much the second best, and although Surface and Galaxy Note 10.1 evangelists might disagree, there’s a reason why the iPad continues to dominate.

Despite irritating many consumers by announcing the iPad 4 so soon, it’s thought Apple may deliver a thinner iPad before Q2 of next year, as it is looking decidedly bulky against competitors. Should this be the case, we’ll have all the details here at Redmond Pie for you to mull over, so stay tuned!

(source: TechCrunch)

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