Sprint gets iPad Mini and fourth-generation iPad

Mobile carrier Sprint finally gets to sit at the cool kids' table, as news hits that the "iPad 4" and iPad Mini will support its network.

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At today's Apple event, Apple exec Phil Schiller unveiled the brand-new fourth-generation iPad, and revealed that along with a faster, more powerful A6X processor the updated "iPad 4" will have a new LTE chipset that will work on new networks, including KDDI in Japan and Sprint. The iPad Mini specs listed on the Apple Web site confirm that the smaller device will support the Sprint network as well.

Whereas previously Sprint seemed to be shut out of the iPad party, the mobile carrier officially confirmed the news in a statement released this morning, saying it will offer the iPad Mini and fourth-gen iPad "in the coming weeks...with a range of attractive data plans that will allow customers to connect to its 4G LTE network."