March 15, 2012, 4:06 AM — Apple has changed the small text on it's UK store webpage that describes the New iPhone Wi-Fi + 4G.
We had been wondering whether Apple may come a cropper for describing the New iPad as Wi-Fi + 4G on its UK website. First, LTE 4G is not really 4G, because 4G is supposed to offer 1 Gbit/s and Apple's brand of LTE 4G (or faux-G) offers 73Mbp/s. But even more crucial, the iPad is not actually able to offer 4G in the UK, and even if the infrastructure was in place, it would appear that it's the wrong sort of 4G anyway.
As we explain in this article about the New iPad and LTE 4G in the UK: The New iPad supports 4G running on the 700MHz and 2,100MHz spectrums - which is where 4G sits in America and Canada. Here in the UK the spectrums reserved for 4G aren't the same: the current UK trials are using the 1,800MHz spectrum, and later this year the 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum will be auctioned off in the UK. So the New iPad may never offer 4G in the UK.
It is interesting to note that when we looked at the online store on 8 March the small print regarding the New iPhone Wi-Fi + 4G read: "The iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G model can roam worldwide on GSM/UMTS networks. When you travel internationally, you can also use a micro-SIM card from a local carrier. In countries without compatible 4G LTE networks, the new iPad will operate on GSM worldwide network technologies such as HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA."
Today when we looked at the same page it read as follows: "The iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G model can roam worldwide on GSM/UMTS networks. When you travel internationally, you can also use a micro-SIM card from a local carrier. You can also connect to the 4G LTE networks of AT&T in the U.S and Bell, Rogers, and Telus in Canada."
It would appear that Apple has wised up to the fact that the 4G capability of the New iPad does not stretch to the 4G on offer in every country and thought it wise to note that it only supports 4G in the US and Canada.
All is not lost, however, the New iPad will offer HSPA+ at 21Mbit/s, and we should be able to take advantage of that in the UK.