Apple is readying a revamped version of the current-gen iPad with 4G connectivity, it has emerged, ahead of the launch of a next-generation mobile internet service in ten UK cities later this month.
According to sources cited by The Guardian, the improved edition of the standard, 9.7-inch display-toting slate will be compatible with EE’s 4G network, which will be available from October 30th in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.
The new, smaller dock connector that Apple introduced with the iPhone 5 to save space – and some might say wring some extra cash from fanboys - will also be on board on the 4G iPad, the insiders claim.
The Guardian’s tech tattle tails also corroborated details of Apple’s plans for a smaller tablet, A.K.A the much-leaked device that Cupertino-watchers have informally dubbed the iPad Mini. These include claims that the more compact tablet will dispense with 3G support to keep costs down and pack a screen in the region of 7.85 inches.
Expected to sell for between $249 and $299, the iPad Mini is scheduled to hit retail during November, directly competing with the similarly specc'd and sized Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire in the Christmas market.