Apple unexpectedly introduced the fourth generation of its 9.7-inch iPad tablet Tuesday.
The Cupertino-based tech company said the new generation will include the company's new Lightning dock connector as well as a new A6X processor chip.
The new chip is twice as fast as the one in the third-generation iPad. Apple also said the new chip would deliver much better graphics performance.
Additionally, the updated iPad will include an improved front-facing camera, which now shoots video in 720p HD.
Apple said the Wi-Fi 16 GB iPad will still start at $499, while the cellular-connected version will also continue to start at $629. Sprint will also now support the device.