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

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


 

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23 Comments

1. humandroid

Posts: 58; Member since: May 11, 2012

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

3. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

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

5. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

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

10. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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.

13. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Good one and true

9. stealthd unregistered

2010 wants its joke back.

12. humandroid

Posts: 58; Member since: May 11, 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.

14. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 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.

16. humandroid

Posts: 58; Member since: May 11, 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.

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.

19. humandroid

Posts: 58; Member since: May 11, 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.

22. hutty24

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 18, 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

23. humandroid

Posts: 58; Member since: May 11, 2012

Wanna try that again in English, champ?

2. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

agree with you. lol

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 :(

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.

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.

11. humandroid

Posts: 58; Member since: May 11, 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.

15. mrochester unregistered

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

7. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

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

20. GENARAL.LEVY

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 17, 2012

How funny.

18. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

I guess not everyone can be brainwashed lol

21. APPLE_R0YALLY

Posts: 73; Member since: May 08, 2012

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

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