4G LTE iPad 3 Coming to Verizon & AT&T

Feb 13, 2012 - 6 Comments

iPad 4G LTE

The next iPad will feature high speed 4G LTE wireless capabilities and be available on the AT&T and Verizon networks, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. Citing several sources, WSJ says the following:

Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. will sell a version of the coming iPad that runs on their newest fourth-generation wireless networks, according to people familiar with the matter, as the battle to cash in on big investments in mobile broadband heats up.

Apple Inc. appears to be planning to announce the latest version of its tablet computer in the first week of March, according to another person briefed on the matter.

Whether other carriers will also sell the device couldn’t be learned. Sprint Nextel Corp., T-Mobile USA and Apple declined to comment.

The iPad 3 is said to drop down to 3G and possibly even EDGE connectivity if 4G access points are not available. The remainder of the report is behind the WSJ paywall, but the important takeaway is the next generation iPad supporting 4G LTE. This is contrary to what many have believed (including us) given the existing battery issues with 4G connectivity, but this suggests that Apple has found a way to overcome the notorious battery drain issues of current generation 4G LTE cell phones.

While it’s unclear if the 4G iPad will also be offered on Sprint or T-Mobile, we have only a few short weeks until the expected announcement date of March 7 to find out.

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Posted by: Matt Chan in iPad, News, Rumor

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  1. […] The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that the next iPad will have 4G LTE connectivity. stLight.options({ publisher:'fe5e0a84-1fac-40de-8014-9f89fc1cbe6a' […]

  2. Paolo Rinaldi says:

    Without better data plans 4G internet is useless, especially with AT&T capping everyone after 2GB. That is about the bandwidth required from watching an HD movie or two. Apple better apply some pressure to these carriers and give us real bandwidth at reasonable rates, 5GB data plans is not adequate for 4G!

  3. René Dubois says:

    Well that would appear to settle it

  4. LTE is becoming a standard for broadband wireless internet, so I am quite happy that the upcoming iPad will be able to connect via LTE. I just hope that the 5GB dataplans will increase its volume sharply.

  5. icebreaker says:

    4G LTE, a faster processor and a higher resolution…Apple is getting boring if you ask me.

  6. RC says:

    So far the 4G LTE is only available at some region isn’t it? So, I think that the function is not very useful to everyone that is going to be using iPad 3…

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