As with all Apple model upgrades the changes are often not game changing and simply take shape as modest hardware upgrades. The new Apple iPad 3 or “the new iPad” as Apple is calling it will feature an upgraded processor, higher resolution screen, better camera and the ability to connect to the new high speed 4G wireless network. At face value all but a small line on Apple’s website saying “Data plan is sold separately. 4G coverage is not available in all areas and varies by carrier. See your carrier for details.” indicates the new iPad will work on 4G networks.
The Wi-Fi + 4G model lists LTE (700, 2100 MHz) as supported bandwidths. The problem here is that it looks like the Australian 4G mobile broadband providers may not be able to support the new iPad’s 4G requirements.
Telstra list its Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G network as operating on the 1800MHz and 850MHz spectrum bands.
Optus at first looks to be also out of the game with a media release on the acquisition of Australia’s first 4G mobile broadband provider Vividwireless stating that “It will be integrated with Optus’ 1800MHz 4G network”. Another look at Optus’s LTE 4G network information shows this media release saying “In a further demonstration of its commitment to a 4G-powered future, Optus today became the first Australian carrier to be awarded a licence to trial LTE services in the 700 MHz spectrum band. ” If the new iPad really isnt going to play ball and achieve 4G speeds on the Telstra network hopefully Optus can fill the void and let the new iPad stretch its new found 4G legs!