One of the big questions about Wednesday’s iPad 3 announcement isn’t really the Retina display, which now is almost a given, but rather if it will support LTE or not.

While we’ve heard conflicting rumors about this within the last few weeks, iMore now claims that one of their sources confirmed the iPad 3 will indeed be LTE capable…

The same source that originally told iMore Apple would be holding their iPad 3 event on March 7 has now let us know that the announcement will in fact include 4G LTE networking.

Right now, AT&T’s LTE network is quasi nonexistent, while Verizon’s is comforting its lead.

It’s also interesting to note that LTE is a fairly new technology which has yet to be deployed in many other countries around the world. And we’re not even talking about the poor battery life that LTE-capable devices endure.

While the benefits of an iPad LTE are still limited, it would seem that Apple is betting on the future by adding LTE support to the iPad, and most likely the iPhone 5 later this year. That strategy would be in direct contradiction with the fact that the original iPhone was not 3G capable because Apple deemed the technology not widespread enough at the time, when it was actually much more available than LTE is today.

Two more days, and we’ll know for sure.

What do you think?

[iMore]

  • Naah.

  • You gotta love it! “RUMOR (foreshadowing): iPad 3 will INDEED (contradiction to RUMOR) be LTE capable.”

  • I think adding LTE is a good move. The 4G network might not be very widespread yet, but there are hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of people living in cities where LTE is available. And knowing that the new iPad will work on 4G for them is a big deal.

  • I think that Apple might make a LTE capable model, a 3G model and a Wi-Fi, which is a wise move because the millions of people that have 4G in their areas will get it, and by this way Apple won’t force people on countries without LTE to get a probably more expensive and battery consuming ipad