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Will there be LTE versions of the iPad 3?

Apple iPad 3: Rumors, Analysis and Predictions
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Verizon has several LTE-enabled tablets for sale nowadays, and AT&T has finally launched their LTE network as well. That means the iPad 3 will have LTE as an option, right?

One of the more important subplots when it comes to LTE is exclusivity. The iPhone was exclusive to AT&T for several years (and models) before coming to Verizon. Will Apple and AT&T pull the same maneuver with the iPad 3? Or is Big Red, now carrying the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPad 2, involved in this relationship as well? So far, the rumors point towards a AT&T-friendly LTE iPad 3. The carrier is reportedly prepping LTE-enabled Micro-SIM cards ahead of the launch. This might be for the Nokia Lumia 900, which comes out on AT&T in March, or it could be for both devices.

Circling back to Verizon: we aren’t counting Big Red out just yet. There could be two different iPad 3 LTE variants, similar to how there are two different iPad 2 3G models. Reiterating Apple’s habit of fooling anyone and everyone before a product launch, there is a strong possibility that the Verizon model(s) simply haven’t been leaked yet. The only leaks that point to an AT&T version are SIM card related, and not directly tied to Apple hardware, so it’s all still very up in the air.

Going a different route, BGR recently obtained photos that show a universal iPad 3 of sorts – one with a world-friendly GSM/CDMA/LTE radio that could operate on any and all carriers. That’s a hard pill to swallow, since no other iDevice has that kind of operational capability…but such a trend has to start somewhere, right? It would certainly make manufacturing easier, and, assuming one could hop from Verizon to AT&T and back, it might even spark some competitive data pricing.

Final Prediction: The iPad 3 comes in two different LTE models: one for Verizon, and one for AT&T.

Honorable Mention: Apple simplifies its offerings – and supply chain – and unveils an iPad 3 with a universal GSM/CDMA/LTE radio. The world rejoices, parties like the Second Death Star was just destroyed.

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    Anonymous , February 13, 2012 7:44 AM
    "Apple will unveil the iPad 3 early next month."

    Shouldn't this read "Apple IS EXPECTED TO unveil the iPad 3 early next month," or do you have hard evidence to back your claim? Rumor and expectations, however probable they may be, are not facts.
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    Anonymous , February 13, 2012 9:15 AM
    "The iPhone 4S still has the best-looking screen in the smartphone world because of this tech (although the Galaxy Nexus is a close second)"

    So both have indistinguishable pixels but the OLED one entirely covers the sRGB gamut and has an essentially infinite contrast ratio, yet the IPS one is somehow superior? I thought I was on Tomsguide, not Engadget.
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    whitey_rolls , February 13, 2012 10:37 AM
    Still predicting a quad core processor? Didn't Apple already come out and say they would be putting another dual core processing in the Ipad 3?

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    dconnors , February 13, 2012 3:00 PM
    Thanks for commenting, guys.

    TK_Sam"Apple will unveil the iPad 3 early next month."Shouldn't this read "Apple IS EXPECTED TO unveil the iPad 3 early next month," or do you have hard evidence to back your claim? Rumor and expectations, however probable they may be, are not facts.


    I have zero reason to believe that the iPad 3 (or iPad 2S) isn't coming next month, hence the statement. But I did edit it, because as sure as I am that the next iPad is coming in March, it's still speculation.

    nexusCFX"The iPhone 4S still has the best-looking screen in the smartphone world because of this tech (although the Galaxy Nexus is a close second)"So both have indistinguishable pixels but the OLED one entirely covers the sRGB gamut and has an essentially infinite contrast ratio, yet the IPS one is somehow superior? I thought I was on Tomsguide, not Engadget.


    I have eyes on both displays virtually every day. Frankly it's a 1A/1B kind of comparison...if the iPhone 4S display is a perfect 10, the Galaxy Nexus is a 9.5 or 9.75. It's so close that I wouldn't consider it a dilemma for consumers.

    whitey_rollsStill predicting a quad core processor? Didn't Apple already come out and say they would be putting another dual core processing in the Ipad 3?


    No, Apple has yet to make any definitive statement on the iPad 3 hardware, as far as I know. It seems like popular thought is swinging back the other way - towards a higher-speed dual-core design - but I'm not so sure.

    -Devin Connors, Tom's Guide
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    peevee , February 13, 2012 6:43 PM
    More cores, more pixels... Boring.
    Useless too. Law of diminishing returns in full force here. Even 2 cores were too many.
    Make it cheap, unbreakable, long-lasting without recharge and easily viewable in sunlight (Mirasol?) and I will buy it. For vacations.
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    peevee , February 13, 2012 6:49 PM
    "The original iPad shipped with the A4 SoC, a 1 GHz single-core CPU paired with a PowerVR SGX535 GPU. The iPad 2’s A5 pulled and Emeril and kicked things up a notch, packing a dual-core 1 GHz CPU and slightly more powerful SGX543. "

    SGX543 is not "slightly" more powerful than SGX535, it is _insanely_ more powerful. Almost Playstation 3/Xbox 360 powerful.
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    peevee , February 13, 2012 7:03 PM
    "Final Prediction: The iPad 3 comes to market with a quad-core A6, likely clocked at 2 GHz. "

    Absolutely unlikely. At 2 GHz, power consumption (and heat dissipation) is astronomical by mobile standards, and you can only optimize consumption in a certain range on the same process (if you make it OK for 2GHz, it is not going to work well on 1GHz, and vice versa). Transformer Prime is only 1.3GHz by the way, and for a reason.
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    peevee , February 13, 2012 7:04 PM
    nexusCFX"The iPhone 4S still has the best-looking screen in the smartphone world because of this tech (although the Galaxy Nexus is a close second)"So both have indistinguishable pixels but the OLED one entirely covers the sRGB gamut and has an essentially infinite contrast ratio, yet the IPS one is somehow superior? I thought I was on Tomsguide, not Engadget.


    Unfortunately, as much as I like the technology, OLEDs still have very low maximum brightness compared to LCDs.
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    dconnors , February 13, 2012 7:33 PM
    peevee"Final Prediction: The iPad 3 comes to market with a quad-core A6, likely clocked at 2 GHz. "Absolutely unlikely. At 2 GHz, power consumption (and heat dissipation) is astronomical by mobile standards, and you can only optimize consumption in a certain range on the same process (if you make it OK for 2GHz, it is not going to work well on 1GHz, and vice versa). Transformer Prime is only 1.3GHz by the way, and for a reason.


    I corrected the prediction, and thanks for the clarification. The 2 GHz figure came from a reference design a while back, and we never followed up on the speed once the TF201 came out. Whoops!

    Also, peevee: Use the edit button...no one needs to make four posts in a row, dude.

    -Devin Connors, Tom's Guide
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    billtech , February 16, 2012 1:25 PM
    I've been using apple since apple II, and am very disappointed in the way they are going.
    1. I'll won't buy another iphone (I've bought 3) until they make one with a bigger screen.
    2. I won't buy a ipad (never bought one) until they make one with a SMALLER 7" screen.
    3. I'm disgusted with the huge slow down that the iOS 5 brought to my iphone 4.
    and, ALL of them, iphone, ipad, STILL have the two main problems: no search back in calendar more than one rolling year! and search will not bring you to the string you searched for IN the document, just TOO the document! I have a lot of data on my iphone, including lots of LARGE documents, that I do not want to try to scroll through to find any string I need to find. apple= idiots.
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    Anonymous , February 16, 2012 6:30 PM
    A Series6 GPU sounds very unlikely to me. AnandTech said in Jan "The only SoC announced to use Series 6 so far is ST-Ericsson’s Nova A9600, which is not scheduled to arrive until sometime in 2013. Given the fabrication ramp-up schedule for most SoCs, any Series 6 equipped SoC is still a year out if not more"
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    ipaidnothing , February 26, 2012 8:34 AM
    Can't wait for the iPad 3. But then again, maybe we've all just been brainwashed by Apple Marketing!

    Free iPhone 4S
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    elisa_45 , March 5, 2012 7:19 AM
    Well, since we have no idea about when an iPad 3 will be released and what it might feature, it's I think impossible to offer any informed opinions. Whether or not any of the rumors, which have been all over the map, will bear any resemblance to the facts we cannot know. You'll just have to make your best guess, as we all will, and either decide that the current iPad is atractive enough to cause you to buy now, or through a payday cash advance, or that you want to wait until the next model of iPad is released, whenever that happens, and see.
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    technologyfeed , December 4, 2012 5:16 PM
    ipad mini is alot better then ipad 3
    http://technologyfeed.net/
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