You still wonder why is LTE so important - Read this!

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    LTE is mentioned in most iPad 3 related articles, but I wasnt so well informed about it. So I`ve done some research.

    I found great article where is described full advantage of LTE & what this technology can bring to iPad 3.
    With LTE, our iPad`s can be powerful like our desktop machines.

    Take a look:

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    For me I "want" but don't need LTE. Selling my current Ipad2 in the hope LTE makes it to the next IPad
    and in AU released model.
    The longer I wait to sell the less $$ I get so it's a risk i take if 4g does not happen
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    The trick with LTE is timing. The chip price is still higher than it will be in a few months, and the rollout of LTE in the nation is still very limited. The longer Apple waits to install LTE in devices, the better price they will get. A year from now, LTE will be required on tablets and smart phones. Also, LTE is going to be a battery vampire. The iPad is a good choice to bring it out because of the larger battery. Do expect to hear gripes about battery life of the 3/4G models when it does come out.
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    Apple will not roll out LTE until the low power chipsets are available in quantity. Another year at least. They are not going to sacrifice battery life. Period.
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    It would be very nice for LTE to be included in the iPad 3, however I can't imagine it to be a major selling point in the UK. The spectrum auction doesn't take place until the first half of 2013, and we have to wait until the end of 2017 for the LTE coverage target to be achieved by a single operator. Out of interest, I took a Autodesk Maya training course a couple of years ago, my mind was blown!
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    Still not interested in LTE if battery life takes a big hit.

    This part made me laugh, because this isn't a scenario I'd give a hoot about:

    "Imagine a movie producer in Hollywood, a director in London, and a technical director in San Francisco working collaboratively in real-time on their iPads. They're pinching, zooming, adjusting and discussing high-res 3D images with little lag time. The app is industrial-strength Autodesk Maya, which costs more than $3,500. This isn't an iOS lite-version of Maya, but the real thing running on a server."
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    That part made me post this thread. Because when LTE becomes reality on iPad, we finally can say that iPad is no longer device primarily made for fun & surfing.
    And that fact makes iPad very interesting for various people who would like to have their tools (programs) always with them ready to accomplish complex tasks.

    For example I use Photoshop & Illustrator (programs that requires serious hardware set-up) & it would be amazing to have them on my iPad.

    But, like you said, people who will use iPad 3 for fun LTE is nothing special :)
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    LTE on an iPad is also nothing special if you have to be tethered to a power outlet...
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    Ipad 3 selling point will be retina and siri.

    Ipad 4's will be LTE and better battery. That is where I will jump to it from my ipad 2...as long as jb is still available.
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    A lot of places still don't have 3G in the UK and those that do are often times, very slow. This tech is not available in the UK at the moment and if it was, it would probably be a case of trying to run before they can walk. All for faster networking but in the UK at least, we ain't there yet.
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    Seems I am not informed. Is UK main marketplace for Apple?
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    No but it is representative of many countries so offered that out there.
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    I had some countries in mind when we talk about Europe, but never UK.
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    What countries currently support 4G LTE? - Quora

    Only the red countries accorinding to that map currently have a live LTE network. LTE is obviously a big deal for those who have access to it but given the iPad is a global product, there are many people for whom LTE will not have any impact on their iPad purchasing decision.
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    I think that main trick here is - how fast LTE will be implemented in countries that Apple consider big marketplaces.
    If their management saw potential in fast growing LTE, than I am sure iPad 3 will be LTE supported. If they dont see potential, than iPad 4 is reserved for LTE.

    Be aware that Apple built his highly respected image in tech. world because he is one that brings fresh technology to customers, that others just cant in that moment.
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    I agree it could be a big selling point for many. I would just hate for people to think if they buy an iPad 3 thinking they will get a fantastic new level of networking without realising only a few places and operators currently run an LTE/4G service.
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    Apple has to jump into LTE at some point. They build products to last more than one year, so even if LTE may not be a big thing now, they may be more likely to add it to the iPad 3 because of taking care of customers future needs. Think of how few places had 3G when the original iPad came out. Their biggest concern is going to be battery life. I would think that the LTE chip will be designed to not draw power unless it sees a network, and it could be turned off when not wanted.
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    Current LTE chipsets are dumb and high power. Until the low power chipsets are available in quantity - estimates are still a year away - Apple will not support LTE.
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    There are plenty of people using iPad for work without needing LTE.

    For example: Twenty-six percent of European doctors use an iPad professionally | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

    Sure, some consumers might want LTE now, but I'd venture to say that many don't want to give up battery life to gain speed. What is the use of a mobile device that quickly needs recharging?
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    Do not forget that the high battery drain is only when operating on a 4G network. A lot of people may want the ability to use the service, but will rarely connect. Software can be used to keep LTE off line unless the 3G is slow due to high usage. Or there could be a selector system to choose performance level vs battery life.

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