updated 02:05 pm EDT, Sat March 17, 2012
iPad may have 4G downplayed in other countries
Apple's emphasis on LTE support for the new iPad is sparking a conflict with carriers outside of North America, according to statements given out later on Friday. In the wake of a "backlash" from European carriers, The Australian understood that local carriers Telstra and Optus would both avoid making any mention of 4G. European providers had been calling on Apple to stop marketing 4G that their networks can't use.
The company's marketing in the UK and mainland Europe is more conservative when it comes to cellular access. Apple mentions having up to LTE support, but unlike in the US or Canada, doesn't make it a centerpiece. European access can still get 21Mbps or occasionally 42Mbps HSPA+ 3G instead.
Cellular-aware iPads in at least Australia and elsewhere have stickers on their backs that explicitly warn the tablet's LTE won't work in the area.
Apple is including LTE on new iPads sold outside of North America primarily to consolidate its lineup and avoid having to ship a third 4G version. The initiative is nonetheless frustrating both for carriers and users alike, since Qualcomm's chipset by necessity can't really use LTE in other areas. Most networks also haven't deployed LTE and often aren't using the 700MHz or 2,100MHz bands the iPad currently needs. True world support will have to wait until 2013 and truly multi-band LTE. [via SlashGear]