08 Mar 2012
Apple has as expected unveiled the latest iteration of its iPad tablet, introducing LTE support in select bands and a 2048x1536 display.
Contrary to the widespread expectations that the device would be named either the iPad 3 or the iPad 2S, Apple is instead referring to the tablet simply as “the new iPad.”
Apple has revealed it will launch the device in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands on March 16.
The new iPad uses a dual-core A5X processor – despite rumors that it would include a quad-core chip – but a quad-core GPU.
Like its predecessors, the new iPad will come in Wi-Fi only as well as Wi-Fi and cellular models.
The technical specifications list two versions of the Wi-Fi and cellular models, one configured to use AT&T's LTE network on the 700-MHz and 2,100-MHz bands, the other to use Verizon's 700-MHz LTE network. Also variously supported are UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSPA+, GSM/EDGE and CDMA EV/DO Rev. A.
Notably absent from the list is TD-LTE, considering China Mobile's assertion that Apple has agreed to support TD-LTE once it develops a 4G iPhone.
That said, only the AT&T and Verizon Wi-Fi+4G versions of the device have been announced, so Apple may develop more preconfigured versions for other operators in the future. The tablet market is also a different beast to the smartphone segment, with many iPad buyers opting to buy a Wi-Fi only version.