Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Apple's New iPad Packs LTE

In what could be a major inflection point for adoption of LTE, Apple confirmed that its new iPad will offer LTE. In the United States, both AT&T and Verizon are offering LTE iPad connectivity, however the user must choose at the time of purchase as the devices are configured for each carrier's network.

Significantly, iPad users will be able to sign-up and leave the service on a monthly basis -- no long term contract. The new iPad also tracks your monthly data usage and alerts you to a coming threshold.

If the carrier supports it, the iPad can now be used as a personal Wi-Fi hotspot to connect up to five devices.

Among its other upgraded features, the new iPad also records in full 1080p. The huge video files will be uploaded via iCloud for offline storage and/or transfer to other devices.

iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for either AT&T or Verizon will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model.