Apple's new iPad gets 4G LTE

Apple has a new speedy iPad with support for 4G LTE networks.

Apple's iPad event, March 7, 2012. Donald Bell/CNET

Apple's new iPad will be super fast with support for 4G LTE service.

At its event in San Francisco Wednesday announcing the new product, Apple said that its latest tablet will operate on 4G LTE networks from Verizon, AT&T, Rogers, Bell and Telus.

There will be two versions of the LTE version of the new iPad in the U.S. One will be for Verizon Wireless, which has the largest 4G LTE network to date, with more than 200 million potential customers covered. The other version will be for AT&T's LTE network, which covers just over 70 million potential customers today.

This means that customers won't be able to buy one 4G LTE enabled iPad and use it on either Verizon or AT&T. Just like with the 3G version of the iPad, they'll have to choose.

Pricing is $499 for the 16 gigabyte version, $599 for the 32 gigabyte version and $699 for the 64 gigabyte model. Prices for the Wi-Fi plus 4G models are $629 for the 16 gigabyte model, $729 for the 32 gigabyte model and $829 for the 64 gigabyte model.

The new iPad will also include 3G technology, so that when consumers aren't in a 4G LTE coverage, they can still get network connectivity. And for the first time, the iPad will also function as a personal hotspot, allowing up to five devices to connect to it via Wi-Fi.

"This new iPad has the most wireless bands of any device that has ever shipped," Apple worldwide marketing VP Phil Schiller said during the presentation.

 

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