& cplSiteName &

Apple Adds 4G LTE Flavors as It Shrinks iPad

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
10/23/2012
50%
50%

Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) on Tuesday introduced the eight-inch iPad Mini, which offers Long Term Evolution (LTE) support for Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) and other carriers, and updated its larger fourth-generation model with the 4G connectivity.

The iPad Mini will cost $329 for a Wi-Fi-only model. A 32GB mini is $429, and it costs $519 for 64GB. On each model, Apple is charging a $130 premium for LTE connectivity. So, faster data downloads over LTE will start at $459. (See iPhone 5: Which 4G Carrier to Pick?.)

The Minis are cheaper than some competing seven-inch Android tablets like the Wi-Fi-only 16GB Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Nexus 7, which costs $499 for a 32GB version. The slightly larger Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) Kindle Fire HD 4G, with an 8.9-inch screen and LTE, costs $499 for a 32GB version, so less than a comparable 32GB LTE iPad Mini at $559. (See What We Mean When We Say '4G'.)

Other features include:

  • An Apple dual-core A5 processor
  • A 7.9-inch display
  • A five-megapixel back-mounted camera for pictures
  • A front-facing 720p HD camera for FaceTime video chat


The iPad mini will be available for pre-order this Friday, Oct. 26. The Wi-Fi-only version will ship starting on Nov. 2. Apple also gave its 10.1-inch iPad the updated LTE and faster Wi-Fi. The new A6X processor on-board will also speed up performance. The fourth generation iPads start at $629. Why this matters
Sprint had been locked out of the iPad world before because Apple didn't support LTE on its 1900MHz band. Now the iPad Mini and fourth-gen models will represent the second and third 4G tablets on its young LTE network. The operator has just announced that it is now in 32 towns and cities in the U.S. and hopes to add 115 more in the coming months. (See Sprint Serves 32 LTE Markets, With 115 on Deck .) Consumers beware, however. Sprint doesn't offer its much talked-about unlimited data plan for tablets, only smartphones. Like the AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless iPads, Sprint's tablets come with capped data plans, starting at $34.99 for 3GB of data a month.



— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

(1)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
robertwm
50%
50%
robertwm,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:18:42 PM
re: Apple Adds 4G LTE Flavors as It Shrinks iPad


Low power ipad mini the specs are good enough. Apple makes high quality goods and they are easy to use and work well no wonder people like them so much.

Featured Video
From The Founder
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
November 1, 2017, The Royal Garden Hotel
November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
November 2, 2017, 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, UK
November 2, 2017, 8 Northumberland Avenue London
November 10, 2017, The Westin Times Square, New York, NY
November 16, 2017, ExCel Centre, London
November 30, 2017, The Westin Times Square
May 14-17, 2018, Austin Convention Center
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
Is US Lurching Back to Monopoly Status?
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 10/16/2017
Muni Policies Stymie Edge Computing
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 10/17/2017
'Brutal' Automation & the Looming Workforce Cull
Iain Morris, News Editor, 10/18/2017
Pai's FCC Raises Alarms at Competitive Carriers
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 10/16/2017
Worried About Bandwidth for 4K? Here Comes 8K!
Aditya Kishore, Practice Leader, Video Transformation, Telco Transformation, 10/17/2017
Animals with Phones
Selfie Game Strong Click Here
Latest Comment
Live Digital Audio

Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.

During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.

She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Partner Perspectives - content from our sponsors
The Mobile Broadband Road Ahead
By Kevin Taylor, for Huawei
All Partner Perspectives