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More Claims of 4G LTE Compatibility for iPad 3

While a number of reputable sources have claimed that the iPad 3 will offer support for 4G LTE connectivity, there have been some holdouts who believe that it will not make the cut for Apple's next-generation tablet. Three weeks ago, iMore was first to pinpoint the March 7 date for Apple's media event, and even that report seemed to question whether LTE would be included on the iPad 3. From that report:
4G LTE networking has been another mystery surrounding the iPad 3, with a compatible Qualcomm chipset becoming available, but international LTE coverage is still slim, and in some cases a year or more away. It sounds like Apple has 4G LTE lined up for iPhone 5 this October, but we’re still not certain if the iPad 3 will get it earlier.
That same source has now reported back to iMore to note that 4G LTE support will indeed be found in the iPad 3.
The same source that originally told iMore Apple would be holding their iPad 3 event on March 7 has now let us know that the announcement will in fact include 4G LTE networking. We’d heard previously that 4G LTE would be coming to iOS in 2012, but not whether it would make the cut for iPad 3, or whether Apple would save it for iPhone 5 in October.
LTE has seen its broadest adoption so far in the United States, but even there it is still only just rolling out with Verizon being the furthest along with its plans. But Apple would be hard-pressed to hold out for an entire year before supporting LTE in the iPad 4, although some have suggested that an iPad 3 with LTE could appear somewhat later than Wi-Fi-only models or with limited geographic distribution in markets where LTE deployment is furthest along.

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65 months ago
the more rumors come out, the more antsy I'm getting about it actually being released. I can't remember the last time I was this excited about a product! Whether it has LTE or not, it'll still be another winning product
Rating: 13 Votes
65 months ago
Gigabit WiFi and 4G/LTE would be awesome :)
Rating: 12 Votes
65 months ago
Can't wait can't wait! Less then 48 hours till the keynote!
Rating: 10 Votes
65 months ago
4G iPad= 4G iPhone=Win.
Rating: 7 Votes
65 months ago

Now I'll be getting the Verizon iPad and then once the iPhone 5 comes out, leave AT&T for Verizon on that. By that time, Verizon should be rolling out the plans to use one data amount on multiple devices.

I'm assuming, like the iPhone 4s, there will be one iPad 3 for all the US carriers (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T).

Maybe I shouldn't assume, but I can't imagine 36 different iPad 3 models (3 memory configs * 2 wireless models (WiFi or 4g) * 3 carriers (Sprint, ATT, Verizon). * 2 colors (Black or White). It was bad enough with the Verizon and AT&T models last time around.

Rating: 6 Votes
65 months ago
the speed is nice but hope the battery life is sustained
Rating: 4 Votes
65 months ago
Here in Japan we have an increased coverage with LTE; at least in the big cities. With quite some effort in accelerating the build-up of infrastructure.
My only questions: will it be sim-locked again or can I move my existing LTE-SIM into the new device ? Few hours to wait.
Rating: 4 Votes
65 months ago
I've decided if its only got 3G I'm going with the wifi only. If its got 4g I'm going with the wifi+4g.
Rating: 3 Votes
65 months ago

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Not funny the last hundred times or so.
Rating: 3 Votes
65 months ago

I'd say the Wifi iPads likely sell 3:1 over the Wifi+3G so Apple's initial launch would likely only need a couple of million Qualcomm chips if not less.

Out of interest - am I the only one whose primary motivation for getting the 3G/4G is GPS?

Why can't they just build that in to the WiFi part of the baseband? Gah!
Rating: 3 Votes

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