New reports are claiming that the iPad that will launch tomorrow will in fact sport 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network compatibility and that Apple is hoping that users will consider adoption of the device based on a desire for high quality video on the go. The report comes from Reuters who weigh in with sources ‘familiar with the product’ and points out that 4G compatibilty would help to boost the revenue of the relatively unimpoverished AT&T and Verizon.
The report also analyses the cryptic ‘see and touch’ tagline that was referenced in Apple’s invitation to the media event scheduled for tomorrow, at which the iPad 3 is expected to be unveiled. A new version of the Apple TV is being touted as the reason for the tagline, although no tangible details about a new device have been forthcoming. Well informed Apple site, iMore, also claimed to have heard a similar story this morning.
Many consumers have been hoping that Apple would jump on board the 4G bandwagon soon as the LTE network is claimed to be 10 times faster than 3G. However, early generation chipsets, high power consumption and a reluctance to make design changes as a result, have held the company off from releasing a 4G capable product until now. With the new iPad rumored to be imperceptibly thicker than the iPad 2, it isn’t entirely improbably that the new iPad 3 could, in fact, be 4G compatible.