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WSJ: iPad 3 to Support LTE on Verizon and AT&T; Canada’s ‘Big 3′ LTE Ready

by on February 13th, 2012

To add further fuel to today’s rumour of the iPad 3 being announced on March 7th, the Wall Street Journal has weighed in on the matter. According to their sources Verizon and AT&T in the U.S. will sell versions of the iPad 3 to support their LTE networks.

Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. will sell a version of the coming iPad that runs on their newest fourth-generation wireless networks, according to people familiar with the matter, as the battle to cash in on big investments in mobile broadband heats up.

Apple Inc. appears to be planning to announce the latest version of its tablet computer in the first week of March, according to another person briefed on the matter.

Sources go on to say the next iPad 3 will default to 3G networks when LTE is not available, similar to how existing 3G networks default to EDGE for Rogers wireless customers.

If this is the case, then we can expect the upcoming iPad 3 to also support LTE networks currently setup in Canada by the ‘Big 3′ carriers. Rogers and Bell launched their LTE networks last Fall, and just last week Telus announced the launch of their own LTE network. Canada’s major urban centres are wired and ready for LTE.

The iPad 3 was previously rumoured to launch in the first week of March as noted by AllThingsD, and is widely anticipated to debut with a high resolution Retina Display, as seen on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

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  • Laserheart

    Does Wind support LTE?  We seriously need non-big-3 players in Canada to support the iPhone and iPad!