In the novelty that iGadgetsIn the near future, they will be compatible with LTE (4G) technology. Internal tests show that Apple is already prepared to embrace the technology as soon as it gains more space among its global partners.
Much is speculated as to whether the next generation of iPads and iPhones will be compatible with this type of cell phone network. If it depends on Qualcomm, the company that supplies the chips that equip the CDMA iPads, iPhones 4 CDMA and iPhones 4S, yes: the next generation will be able to surf with this faster technology. The company has just announced the Gobi 4000, a chip compatible with LTE and HSPA + technology. Most likely this will equip the iPad 3, unless Ma changes its supplier again, as it already did, exchanging Infineon for Qualcomm.
The chips are also compatible with the LTE / EV-DO standard and are already available to OEMs. They are based on the MDM9600 and MDM 9200 3G / 4G wireless modems and have been specially developed for deployment on devices equipped with Snapdragon dual-core and quad-core (Qualcomm line of processors), but I believe that nothing prevents implementation with other processors, such as Apple's future A6. In addition to equipping possible tablets such as the iPad, the chip also quoted for use in Lenovo ThinkPads and Dell Latitudes notebooks, should receive it.
John Brownlee, from Cult of Mac, raised an interesting question: for Apple, the iPad 3 may be the perfect gadget to introduce the technology for some reasons. As LTE chips consume more energy, the iPad is the perfect device for testing, as it is obviously bigger than the iPhone and has a much more powerful battery that you can browse, watch videos or listen to music for up to ten hours straight on your tablet. In addition, Apple could add a new product category, including the iPad 4G, while maintaining the 3G version and Wi-Fi.
I agree that there would be many different versions of the same tablet, which makes manufacturing, logistics, stock, etc. difficult. We still have to take into account that such a measure contradicts Ma's strong characteristic of maintaining a lean line of products available to customers. But apart from that, nothing prevents her from offering the three versions of iPads. What do you think?