Apple’s New iPad will be sold in both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G variants in the UK, even though our fair isles have yet to get on board the latest mobile standard.
UK customers visiting the official iPad online store might be slightly confused to see the 4G-enabled version being sold alongside the Wi-Fi- only model, since Blighty is still waiting to adopt the successor to 3G.
However, if you read the fine print, you’ll notice it is not a case of puzzling or even misleading marketing.
Apple has carefully added a bit text just beneath the ‘Choose a model’ section, which states: “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.”
So what does this mean? Well, the iPad is 4G-capable, just not in the UK. If you take it to another country where 4G is supported and turn on roaming, you’ll enjoy the fast data speeds it offers. However, you can still receive comparable speeds when UK networks rollout the DC-HSDPA standard.
Sure, it’s not quite the same thing. But it’s better than nothing. And at least your device will be ready for whenever 4G does finally become available in the UK on a commercial level.
The New iPad is due to go on sale on Friday. However, preorder customers are likely to suffer a delay of at least three days due to demand outstripping supply.