Rumor Patrol: Apple's iPad 3 To Support 4G LTE [Updated]

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[Update: Apple sent out invites for the March 7 iPad 3 event. It won't be long now!]

Anyone who's been following Apple's machinations over the years knows by now not to cling on rumors stemming from the technology giant - partially because there are too many to keep up with. Even 2 years ago, we kept hearing about the possibly of 4G compatibility heading to the iPhone 4, and when those turned out to be no more than broken dreams, it was almost a certainty that 4G would come to the iPhone 5. Too bad knowledge of the future phone's existence has disappeared more times than an AT&T sig... alright, let's not go there.

With Apple slated to unveil the iPad 3 on March 7 however, it's only appropriate that some form of a big announcement would be rumored prior to the event, and the Wall Street Journal seems to have answered the bell. Citing "people familiar with the matter," the Journal has confirmed that Verizon Wireless and AT&T will be selling a 4G LTE version of the iPad 3 in the United States. Sprint and T-Mobile, who are also service providers on the iPad, have yet to comment.

We were only a few weeks into 2012 when rumors of a "faster" iPad 3 perked up on the horizon, but it wasn't clear if a 4G LTE computing tablet was in the picture. The Wall Street Journal's report does lend a minor slice of credibility to the matter, and considering the exploding 4G infrastructure being developed by each provider, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise.

While some consumers have decried 4G LTE products for their battery draining potential, there's no question that support for the lightning-fast technology will transform the iPad into one of the faster tablets on the market overnight. Android LTE tablets have crept up on the industry leader after the iPad 2's main essential additions were a front-facing camera and a dual core processor. The announcement of 4G support would help solidify Apple as the top dog yet again, and would likely garner high praise from shareholders as well.

Could Apple's 4G LTE adoption also foreshadow more big reveals in the arsenal for 2012? After all, it wouldn't be too late to slip an iPad 4 or iPhone 5 down the chimney before the holiday season. Let us know what you think in the comments!


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Source: Wall Street Journal

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