Rumor: New 9.7 Inch iPad With Lightning Connector Will Be Launched Next Week

With the recent launch of the iPhone 5 and iPod touch, Apple have demonstrated that they are moving away from the Universal dock connector, and over to a much smaller and more efficient Lightning dock connector, with the iPad remaining as a legacy to the previous version. That could all be about to change, however, if a recent report from 9to5Mac comes true, as the site suggests that Apple will be launching an updated version of the Retina Display third generation iPad with a Lightning connector and revised internals.

The price of the new device will reportedly be exactly the same as the Universal dock adapter versions, but the new device could also have extended support for some of the the LTE networks in countries other than the US. Using the UK as an example, Apple was asked to remove 4G LTE branding from the Retina Display iPad as it was not able to offer LTE connectivity on any of the networks in the UK.

If Apple were to tweak the LTE chipsets in the revised iPad 3, then the device could be advertized as supporting the new 4G LTE spectrum that will be launched by the network Everything Everywhere (also known as ‘ee’, an amalgamation of Orange and T-Mobile), at the end of October.

If the report is true, then it’s likely that Apple would introduce the tweaked iPad at the media event on October 23.


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