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iPad to Be Updated with UK 4G LTE Support, iPad Mini to Be Wi-Fi Only?

According to a report in the Guardian, Apple is planning to revise the full-size iPad with LTE support for the United Kingdom, something that was missing when the device was released earlier this year.

Additionally, the paper says the iPad mini will only support Wi-Fi. However, that claim seems slightly more suspect. This part leak of what is purported to be the rear shell of the iPad Mini includes both the plastic covering for a cellular antenna at the top of the device, as well as a SIM card slot on the lower right. The leaked part could be fake, but it appears to be well-machined and is more polished and detailed than a typical fake.

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Mockup of 7.85-inch "iPad mini" (courtesy of CiccareseDesign)
Apple's expected "iPad mini" will only come in a Wi-Fi version – but there will also be a revised version of the iPad with 4G connectivity compatible with the UK's Everything Everywhere network, and sporting the new "Lightning" connector, industry sources have told the Guardian.

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Multiple sources contacted by the Guardian have indicated that they think the announcement of the "iPad mini" is imminent, with retail sources saying that they anticipate new products in November.
The paper also links to photos posted by Australian writer Sonny Dickson that are purported to be photographs of the iPad mini, though the photos linked are mockups. The model number is from a current-generation Wi-Fi iPad, and it appears that the serial number is as well.

There have been rumors of a full-size iPad refresh, potentially updating the device with better battery life or a Lightning connector, but the rumors of added LTE support for international markets is new. It makes sense, however, given the support for international LTE networks in the iPhone 5.

Related roundups: iPad Air, iPad mini

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25 months ago

LOL, if they release it at $149, I'm buying one for everyone in my family. :D


I'll even buy one for my dog!
Rating: 19 Votes
25 months ago
Way to dump on everyone in the UK that just bought a new iPad, buying in to all of that "spectrum is fragmented, won't be available for a few years yet" jargon.

Thanks, Apple!
Rating: 15 Votes
25 months ago

Way to dump on everyone in the UK that just bought a new iPad, buying in to all of that "spectrum is fragmented, won't be available for a few years yet" jargon.

Thanks, Apple!


here we go again, what with all the moaners on here. Yes I bought an ipad and yes I know it will be updated at some stage and mine wont be the latest, BUT does it still do everything it said it would do on the box when I bought it? YES!!!!!


get over it

what difference if it gets updated sooner or later? will you ipad stop working? if its new you can always sell it at a good price.
Rating: 13 Votes
25 months ago
Wi-Fi only makes sense. $149.00. ;)

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Way to dump on everyone in the UK that just bought a new iPad, buying in to all of that "spectrum is fragmented, won't be available for a few years yet" jargon.

Thanks, Apple!


LOL. Like the UK does not dump on Apple at every turn? Man up!! :apple:
Rating: 11 Votes
25 months ago

Wi-Fi only makes sense. $149.00. ;)

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LOL. Like the UK does not dump on Apple at every turn? Man up!! :apple:


LOL, if they release it at $149, I'm buying one for everyone in my family. :D
Rating: 8 Votes
25 months ago
I'm still not sold on all this iPad Mini nonsense.
Rating: 8 Votes
25 months ago

I'll even buy one for my dog!


me too!

and I dont even have a dog!
Rating: 6 Votes
25 months ago
Maybe it will be WiFi only just for Great Britain. ;)
Rating: 5 Votes
25 months ago
Wifi only? Not sold on that one. IMO cellular makes more sense on a smaller device, something people are going to carry around more. Plus it would sort of fill the gap for a cellular-enabled iPod touch.
Rating: 5 Votes
25 months ago
Would a Wi-Fi only iPad Mini be completely ridiculous? Yes, of course.

Would Apple actually release a Wi-Fi only iPad Mini? Yes, of course.

Apple is king when it comes to getting customers to buy products following their refresh cycle. Releasing a Wi-Fi version now and then later releasing a 3G/4G version later would follow Apple's business model.
Rating: 4 Votes

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