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Apple is planning to launch a new 4G-compatible version of its popular iPad tablet, it has been reported.

Writing for the Guardian, Charles Arthur said a revised 9.7-inch version of the handheld device will allow users to access super-fast mobile broadband.

4G services are set to launch at the end of October in the UK, with EE making next-generation mobile broadband available in the 1,800MHz frequency band.

Other service providers are set to follow in the firm's footsteps once Ofcom conducts the 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum auction later this year.

Mr Arthur said the new 4G Apple iPad is likely to sport the new 'Lightning' connector - enabling users to take advantage of rapid broadband speeds.

"Sources indicated that they expect Apple to refresh the iPad line by following up the introduction of the iPhone 5, which is 4G-capable in the UK through EE's 1,800MHz network," he stated.

Mr Arthur said the upgraded version of the iPad is likely to use the same 1,800MHz 4G chip as the smartphone.

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