Apple forced to change name of iPad Wi-Fi + 4G

It seems that international pressure sometimes works, as criticism of the iPad Wi-Fi + 4G name -- which in many countries isn't actually 4G, has finally caused a name change to iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular.

Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Every time I see "4G" there is a temptation to wonder what it truly means.

However, in Australia and other countries, many have been upset for some time now that Apple's iPad Wi-Fi version was called "iPad Wi-Fi + 4G."

Their complaints were naturally complicated and technical, but boiled down to this: It isn't.

More precisely, it simply doesn't work on, say. Australian LTE networks, as they are on the 1800MHz spectrum, rather than 700MHz. The latter is still occupied by analog TV.

So I am grateful to 9to5Mac for telling me that Apple has decided to change the name.

It may well be that the objections of the Australian government became difficult for Apple to ignore. Perhaps the legal fees began to mount unreasonably.

The new name is iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular, a nomenclature that has emerged at Apple.com in recent days.

The change has been spotted in many countries, but not, for example, in my beloved Poland, where the 4G still reigns.

Apple has not commented publicly on the name change.

However, in Australia, Apple has a clarification on its iPad page. It reads: "This product supports very fast cellular networks. It is not compatible with current Australian 4G LTE networks and WiMAX networks."

I am sure some will wish to parse the implications contained in that sentence.

Today's Apple website in Poland. Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET
 

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