is Apple customising the 4G iPad country wise ?

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  1. augustya

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    I was wondering the Time Table that Apple has released for its new iPad to be released in the respective countries, not all of those countries mentioned in that schedule have a 4G service or if they have it have it on the same frequency as in the U,S so is Apple customising the 4G iPad for those countries and do all the countries mentioned in that list have a 4G service ? Or will Apple only release th Wi-Fi model in those countries ?
     
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    It has been mentioned before, but here goes. Apple is selling the iPad in two flavors of 4G. The AT&T model and the Verizon model. The AT&T version is compatible with most 3G international services. Outside of North America, 4G LTE has not been adopted. When it is, it would be logical that it will be offered on the iPad. Hopefully, before too long, there will be a chip available whih combines Verizon and AT&T spectrums, but it is not available now.
     
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    So what it means countries where 4G is not available as yet, it can be used on the 3G service there but there will be no hardware changes on the 4G models of iPad countrywise !
     
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    Well here in germany Apple ship the 4G LTE version but it won´t work because of different LTE frequencies we have here.
    And Apple confirmed that it won´t be possible to fix that in any upcoming IOS updates.
     
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    That is the problem with the status of 4G LTE. Very few nations have adopted it in amounts worth mentioning, if at all. China has stated that they will not approve any LTE licenses for 2-3 years. And even when they are in place, the number of formats and frequencies is daunting. Qualconn is suppose to have a new chip that will met the demands of all future networks, but unless Apple finds a need for a mid-year modification, it will likely be the next generation that gets it.
     
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    Both the new Verizon and AT&T iPad models will contain the same world compatible GSM 3G capability. It's in the specs.

    Apple - The new iPad - View all the technical specifications.

    The LTE will be mostly useless outside the U.S. and Canada. But if you do have LTE in your area, check with your carrier to see what frequencies they are using. The Verizon and AT&T models use different frequencies, and so are not cross compatible on LTE. If you're carrier has the same frequencies the iPad "might" work on LTE some time in the future. As of now (note 3 in the specs) no carrier is supported outside of the U.S. and Canada.

    The frequencies are also in the spec sheet.

    I understand there are a few places in Europe with LTE, but not many.
     
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    So what I wanted to know was as of now iPad will release the same 4G LTE + Wi-Fi model worldwide as in the U.S ?

    And even in countries where 4G LTE is not there right now, and even if it starts in future chances are that these 4G models which are made keeping in mind the U.S & Canadian Frequencies will not work in other countries unless the Network provider in that country has the same frequency which looks very unlikely !!
     
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    All indications are that the World Wide iPad will be the same as the AT&T iPad; but no, I do not have a definitive source for that. It will all come down to whether it is cheaper for Apple to create yet another model, or leave a bit of useless hardware in the iPad for those countries.

    We will not know for sure until they become available in those countries. Apple almost never says anything in advance.
     
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    so right now in countries where 4G is not available and going ahead tommorow if it is available in these countries, but just incase the frequencies do not match. Will releasing an iOS update to tweak the frequencies to match the country's frequency can it happen ?

    Via a Software Update this 4G LTE Frequency being different can be brought to the same frequency everywhere ?
     
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    It is not possible to change the frequencies. They are hardware, not software.

    There just isn't' any sold answer right now. Or if there is it has not been covered in any of the news I've read, and I read a lot of it. Sorry. You'll have to wait and see what they release when they release it.
     

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