It’s only a few more hours before Apple holds its big event, one that will see the launch of the next generation iPad. At that time, all of these rumours that have been coming out fast and furious will become moot, but it will be interesting to see just how accurate all of these sources close to Apple have been.
Prior to today, we’ve heard everything from the device not being called the iPad 3 but rather the iPad HD, we’ve heard about Apple coming out with a couple of versions of iPad 3′s, each with a different screen size and the list goes on. A new rumour that started to make its way around yesterday was that the Apple device will feature long term-evolution which is better known as LTE support. Again, citing sources close to Apple, Verizon has been quite busy preparing for the iPad 3 launch by having their installers head out to several Apple retail stores in order to install the necessary technology for LTE. On it’s own, this rumour could probably just be added to the growing list of rumours that we’ve heard, but this one does have some weight in that it has been reported independently by a number of high profile sites.
In fact, Reuters has also picked up on this story stating that the new iPad will have LTE. Over the last year, we’ve seen a number of hardware manufacturers release both mobile phones and tablets that come with LTE integrated so that they can take advantage of the faster network speeds that this technology can deliver. Apple has been criticized for being behind the curve on this as their devices did not come with LTE support and one of the responses that Apple came back with was that they would have to make “design compromises” in order to accommodate this feature.