iMore, the same site that correctly predicted the date of Apple’s iPad event on March 7th, has now said that the iPad 3 will “definitely” have LTE 4G. The Wall Street Journal previously predicted this feature with no indication of whether the speed improvements will make their way to the iPhone 5.
There’s also been no indication of whether 4G speeds on the iPad will be available outside of the United States.
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.
iMore also reiterates its previous claim that the iPad 3 will feature a quad-core A6 processor.
AT&T and Verizon would assumedly offer LTE 4G for iPad 3 users, and the tablet would be able to switch between 3G and 4G frequencies depending on network availability. Although both carriers are aggressively expanding their 4G footprint in the U.S., there are many areas that still lack coverage.
Based on Apple’s roadmap, it makes perfect sense to bring 4G to the iPad first as a litmus test. Depending on how well the carriers handle the strain and continue rolling out coverage, the sixth-gen iPhone could get the same networking boost later this year.