Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sprint to finally get an iOS tablet, with the iPad mini and the iPad 4

During its Tuesday press conference, Apple announced that the fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini would get better LTE support, but what exactly does that mean? It means the iPad's LTE support will not be relegated to North American carriers any longer, and that Sprint will finally get its hands on the iPad.

In addition, the LTE support will extend to the U.K.'s EE network (Everything Everywhere).

With the announcement of a fourth-generation iPad, the "new" iPad or the third-generation model has been discontinued. To be clear, the major differences between the iPad 3 and 4 are the A6X processor (said by Apple to be twice as fast as the prior A5X), the new Lightning dock connector, and the aforementioned expanded LTE support.

The price points for the fourth-generation iPad will be identical to the third-generation model, while the iPad mini will have the following price points:

wi-fi only iPad mini:
  • 16GB $329
  • 32GB $429
  • 64GB $529

Cellular-capable models will sport a $130 premium, meaning they will sell at $459, $559, and $659.

The wi-fi models will ship on Nov. 2, with the cellular-capable models shipping two weeks later, according to Apple.

The first group of countries to see the magical new iPad 4 and its minature little brother will be:

The U.S., Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.

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