March 28, 2012, 10:14 AM —
Turn off the display and you can run Verizon's new iPad for 24 or more hours as a 4G LTE mobile hotspot.
In battery tests run by AnandTech on the new iPad, they found battery life to be slightly lower than in the iPad 2. That might be expected when looking at the bright new Retina high definition display. But what's not expected is the ability, on Verizon iPad models, to run the iPad as a 4G LTE mobile hotspot for more than 24 hours on a single battery charge.
Thanks to the larger 42.5Wh battery in the new iPad added to run the new display, turning off the display means other functions can run for much longer than before. Add in the fact that Verizon added the mobile hotspot feature, or, more accurately, turned it on while AT&T leaves it off, makes your new iPad a great choice for a 4G LTE mobile hotspot. And if you don't want to look at anything on the iPad screen, you can hotspot for a full day or so.
Yes, amazing that you buy an iPad powered with a 42.5Wh battery, and you just turn it into a hotspot.
Fleeb on anandtech.com
Makes sense, since the iPad (and its battery) are bigger than most hotspots. There may be some obscure use out there where someone wants to pay for LTE for days on end with no access to a power outlet
nagromme on appleinsider.com
The new iPad could chip into the mobile hotspot market for those who also want to buy a tablet.