iPad with LTE drops “4G” name

Apple has dropped “4G” from the name of its new iPads that support Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, this after the use of the term landed it in hot water in Australia.

An iPad 3 with support for mobile broadband now bears the name “Wi-Fi + Cellular” with the product description explaining that the device can connect to certain “4G LTE” networks.

Apple hasn’t officially commented on the name change and a spokesperson for official Apple distributor in South Africa, Core Group, told MyBroadband that they haven’t received any official communication detailing a name change for the region.

Core explained that it has taken steps to ensure that customers are informed that the LTE features of the iPad 3 won’t work in South Africa.

Store staff are trained to tell customers about the lack of LTE in South Africa, Core said, adding that it also has disclaimers in all of its marketing.

Despite the lack of commercial LTE networks in South Africa, the iPad 3’s specifications do allow it to connect to all our 3G networks.

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