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Apple renames latest iPad due to international complaints over 4G branding

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Apple renames latest iPad due to international complaints over 4G branding
Apple's recent problems in Australia, where regulators objected to the use of the "4G" or "LTE" phrase connected to the latest iPad, might have been the impetus behind the manufacturer's re-branding of its tablet. So Apple has decided to make a change and is now calling its 4G LTE enabled tablet the "iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular" in all of its online stores, including those in the U.S. and Canada. The changes have also appeared in Apple's online store in  the U.K. and Australia, the two countries that made the loudest noise about Apple calling the iPad a 4G device.

The latest iteration of the iPad was advertised by Apple as offering "Wi-Fi + Cellular" connectivity. Regulators in the U.K., Australia and Sweden complained that the 4G speeds were not available outside of North America. This led Apple to edit a video after the company was taken to task by the U.K. advertising standards authority. The Cupertino based tech titan even offered refunds to Australian iPad purchasers.

After the change, the new iPad is said to connect to "very fast cellular networks" and the Australian online Apple Store says that the third gen tablet is not compatible with Australian 4G, LTE or WiMAX. In smaller type, the site notes that the model can "roam worldwide on fast mobile data networks, including HSPA, HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA."  In the U.S., the iPad is said to connect to "fast cellular networks -- up to 4G LTE," but doesn't mention the roaming possibilities over HSPA networks.

source: AppleInsider

Even on Apple's U.S. online store, its third generation tablet is now called the iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular

Even on Apple's U.S. online store, its third generation tablet is now called the iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular


 

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posted on 13 May 2012, 11:10 10

1. humandroid (Posts: 58; Member since: 11 May 2012)


Are they calling it what it is this time? An ipod XL?

posted on 13 May 2012, 11:41 3

3. shnibz (Posts: 155; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


Ha! Thats not a bad name for it Humandroid. Or "future clipboard"

posted on 13 May 2012, 12:19 6

5. HTCFreak (Posts: 150; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)


Well in that case, we can also call the Samsung Galaxy Tab a SGS XL...

posted on 13 May 2012, 12:59 7

10. Doakie (Posts: 1250; Member since: 06 May 2009)


With the success of the Galaxy Note they did name the new flagship tablet the Galaxy Note 10.1... So they agree with you.

posted on 13 May 2012, 13:23 1

13. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Good one and true

posted on 13 May 2012, 12:55

9. stealthd (Posts: 956; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


2010 wants its joke back.

posted on 13 May 2012, 13:13 1

12. humandroid (Posts: 58; Member since: 11 May 2012)


.....yeah, except it's not a joke now is it? Maybe you can do what no one else has been able to do: explain to me how an ipad is anything other than an ipod XL.
So sorry if I hurt your widdew feeeewings, there there guy, you'll be ok.

posted on 13 May 2012, 13:29 1

14. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


iPods don't have cellular connectivity, or a 9.7 in screen, or 9 hr battery life on LTE, or gestures, or the title of the number one selling,and number operating tablet on earth. Oh, and one more thing no other tablets even sell,and without the iPad the tablet segment would be dead. That's two more things.

posted on 13 May 2012, 14:06 3

16. humandroid (Posts: 58; Member since: 11 May 2012)


70% of what you said had nothing to do with my question, now did it? So to summarize:
1. Larger screen (duh, it would have to to be an ipod xl, huh? Derp.)
2. Larger battery (to power the larger screen, derp)
3. Cellular connectivity I'll grant you

So it's an ipod XL with cellular connectivity that most consumers don't use. Wow, you sure schooled me.

posted on 13 May 2012, 15:29 1

17. mrochester (unregistered)


iPod's are pocket sized multimedia players. The iPad isn't a pocket sized device. Why does the iPad need to be named iPod? I think the iPad is quite clearly a different product to the iPod, and both are different again in comparison to the iPhone.

posted on 13 May 2012, 15:58 1

19. humandroid (Posts: 58; Member since: 11 May 2012)


Fascinating. Really. You still have yet to explain how it is NOT just a big ipod. No one is debating the size difference, duhdoiy. And as for as your iphone being a different beast, glad you brought that up. iphone=ipod that makes calls.

posted on 14 May 2012, 03:54

22. hutty24 (Posts: 84; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Really dude what phone do you have a Motorola Samsung or HTC all have *** iPod want to be clones and want to be ipads that don't sale s**t Samsungs hole line up is based on the look of apple so if any one with a samsung phone has a big ass iPhone clone what makes the iPad not a iPod is the apps it runs size price radios screen quality docks and accessories

posted on 14 May 2012, 13:54 1

23. humandroid (Posts: 58; Member since: 11 May 2012)


Wanna try that again in English, champ?

posted on 13 May 2012, 11:39 3

2. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


agree with you. lol

posted on 13 May 2012, 11:43 2

4. mrochester (unregistered)


It's a sad world we live in when things like this have to be dumbed down to the lowest common denominator :(

posted on 13 May 2012, 12:25 4

6. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Actually it's a sad world we live in in which a company misleads customers by putting a 4G label on one of it's products when the country in question doesn't even have a 4G network at all.

posted on 13 May 2012, 12:41 3

8. mrochester (unregistered)


Personally, I am more than capable of reading the information that Apple supplied on their website that clearly stated that 4G was only compatible in the US and Canada.

If a network can sell me a plan with unlimited texts and a footnote that says 'fair use policy of 3000 texts per month applies' then I see no harm in Apple selling a 4G iPad with a footnote saying it only works on 4G in the US and Canada.

Also, the country in question not having or supporting the required 4G frequencies doesn't make the LTE chip in the iPad suddenly disappear. It's still in there! It's still a 4G device regardless of where in the world it is sold.

posted on 13 May 2012, 13:11 4

11. humandroid (Posts: 58; Member since: 11 May 2012)


"Personally, I am more than capable of reading the information that Apple supplied on their website that clearly stated that 4G was only compatible in the US and Canada"

Then you're doing better than 99% of their user base.

posted on 13 May 2012, 14:05 2

15. mrochester (unregistered)


Given Apple users tend to be better educated than their competitors counterparts, I think we're onto a no-hoper altogether,

posted on 13 May 2012, 12:29 2

7. windowsRocks (Posts: 152; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


How about iMads?? LOL .........

posted on 13 May 2012, 16:35

20. GENARAL.LEVY (banned) (Posts: 93; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)


How funny.

posted on 13 May 2012, 15:58 1

18. theBankRobber (Posts: 647; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


I guess not everyone can be brainwashed lol

posted on 13 May 2012, 16:45 2

21. APPLE_R0YALLY (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 08 May 2012)


WE SAY® alot of Android· Fandroids commenting instead of our fans......!?

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