Apple's new iPad and 4G, what's the story in Australia?

Apple's new iPad may have 4G connectivity, but it isn't compatible in Australia
Apple's new iPad

Apple's new iPad

Apple this morning lifted the lid on its third-generation iPad, simply called the "new iPad". Like many analysts predicted, it is an incremental upgrade rather than a completely new model. However, one of its heralded new features, 4G connectivity, won't be available in Australia.

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The new iPad looks identical to the iPad 2, but boasts a high resolution "retina" display, has an upgraded 5-megapixel camera and is powered by Apple's new A5X dual-core processor, which claims improved graphics performance thanks to a quad-core GPU. It also boasts 4G connectivity that, for now, simply is not compatible with any Australian networks.

The new iPad is 4G (LTE) capable in the US and Canada, with separate models that will work on the Verizon and AT&T networks. However, Wi-Fi + 4G models of the new iPad use the 700MHz and 2100MHz LTE bands while Telstra, the only carrier in Australia to have a 4G network, uses the unsupported 1800MHz band. Aussies will still benefit from dual-channel HSPA+ technology which provides a theoretical maximum download speed of 42Mbps, but this is not 4G. Think of it more as 3G+.

New iPad Despite not being compatible with Telstra's 4G network in Australia, Apple still advertises 4G on its Australian iPad Web page.

Given that the iPad's 4G capabilities won't be of any use in Australia, it seems a little odd that Apple is still advertising 4G connectivity as a feature on the Australian Apple Web site. 4G is listed as one of the major new features on the dedicated, Australian iPad page, while the wireless broadband model of the new iPad is now called Wi-Fi + 4G rather than Wi-Fi +3G.

Under the catchline "Ultra fast wireless. Full speed ahead", Apple says the new iPad is "built with the latest in wireless technology." While the new iPad certainly does have this technology available, the fact that it isn't compatible in Australia is enough to potentially confuse consumers.

We contacted an Apple Australia representative to ask why the new iPad will be marketed with 4G in Australia when the feature isn't compatible Down Under, but we are yet to receive an official response. We'll update this article with any new information if and when it comes to hand.

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Ross Catanzariti

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Comments

NitroWare.net

1

But how is the throughput and coverage for bands above 14.4 outside inner metro areas ?

Having DC HSPA capable HW does provide much benefit if only a small number of the population can use higher speeds, no much different to having [working] LTE in the device

ATT only support 14.4

maz

2

As im not very tech I have a question does the fact that 4g is not available on the band the ipad uses mean that it will be faster than the ipad 2 , Or has the speed of it all got to do with the A5X dual-core processor?. If I am at home watching a video on my ipad wirelessly will it be faster and smoother than the ipad 2?

Craig Middleton

3

A couple of points that might be of interest. Telstra's Bourke St and George street stores will have the new iPad on sale from 12.01am tonight.

In relation to network speeds - our HSPA+ DC network covers 60% of the population and will provide usable speeds up to 20Mbps. it's the first iPad with HSPA+ DC connectivity.

Llama

4

Perhaps the ACCC should slap Pomade down for false advertising, that's clearly what they are doing.

Walter Leiska

5

Again the ACCC does nothing about Apples false advertising.
What use is it.
Good work Telstra something not compatible again.
You should also wake up.
Terrific Is It not.
We claim to be a clever country HA HA in our own eyes perhaps.

hotdogs

6

This 4g thing defintly sounded good indeed, it is a shame us aussies get left behind with out net speeds. They can't even roll out the national broadband network fast enough, very pathetic. I do agree i think it was wrong for apple to reliese the 4g virsion in Australia when it is basically not available. Im getting the standard 16gb new ipad tomorrow, screw 4g as nice as it would have just incase, i don't see the benefit, all that extra for what right now..Sweet jack.. Iv'e never owned an Apple product in my life always windows, but i am curious to see just how good this retnia display really is especially with the screen res.

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