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  • Report: iPad 2 to Have Wi-Fi-only, UMTS, CDMA Models

    Although the second generation iPad isn't likely to debut for several more months, a steady stream of reports about the iPad 2 continues to keep the forthcoming Apple tablet refresh in the forefront of tech news. On Tuesday, word broke that the iPad 2 will join Wi-Fi-only and UMTS models with a new (Verizon-compatible) CDMA version.

    From DigiTimes:
    Apple is expected to release three versions of iPad 2, supporting either or a combination of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA, for 2011 with mass production to start as early as the later half of January. Apple will ship about 500,000-530,000 units to channels in January with shipment ratio of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA models at 3:4:3
    Despite the seemingly incredulous reaction to the report by many, news of a Verizon-friendly iPad shouldn't surprise anyone given Apple's already established relationship with Verizon with regard to the tablet. While similar reports of a forthcoming Verizon iPhone continue to be viewed as a pipe-dream by many (if not most), Apple working closely with Verizon to expand the iPad's reach now appears to be more of an inevitability rather than just a possibility.

    The sources cited in the DigiTimes report indicate that iPad shipments in 2011 "will reach 40 million units," a figure that will account for approximately 65-75% of the entire global tablet PC market.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Report: iPad 2 to Have Wi-Fi-only, UMTS, CDMA Models started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dash-2 View Post
      Ooorrrr they could make one model with all the radios built in! ;D
      Personally, I'd rather have one with wifi only and use that extra space to throw in another 32-64gb
    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      The difference is rather insignificant. My mom bought my dad the 3G model for his birthday last year (despite my constant instruction to get the wifi version... salesmen love her) and he had a data plan for a couple of months until I explained the benefits of jailbreaking his iPhone and just tethering. He said he noticed a very slight decrease in speed, but that he would never noticed it had he gotten the wifi model to begin with.
      Right on that's great to know, I imagined speed wise it'd barely be noticeable.

      If the new iPad 2 has a faster processor/more memory would the Internet browsing improve any??
    1. iphone?3gs's Avatar
      iphone?3gs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      UMTS combines three different air interfaces, GSM's Mobile Application Part (MAP) core, and the GSM family of speech codecs.
      Ok that's good to know.... I pressed the thanks button
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      I hope the WiFI version has GPS in it this time round, I don't want to buy a 3G version just for GPS.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sigma4Life View Post
      I have an iPad 3G and I can't imagine using it without a 3G data plan. The fact that anytime I use my iPad it's ALWAYS connected is wonderful. Whether I'm at the movies, a restaurant, sitting in a park, I always have access. I've even streamed video from my Slingbox while riding in the car. The convenience of 3G can't be beat.

      True this can be done by tethering but I like the fact that I don't have to juggle two devices every time I use my iPad. I just turn it on, it's automatically connected, and it just works!
      MyWi is an app to just open and ur connected. No juggling reqUired. I tether my 16gb iPad and Air Video my content leaving gigs of free space on my iPad.
    1. Janet55's Avatar
      Janet55 -
      Ahhh, "an unnamed source", the old "one" with today's rumored features and a new vague time frame. Apple didn't reveal any details, of course it won't until it makes a formal announcement sometime in the new year. Well, we can be sure there will be a new iPad within the next 12 months.

      I even doubt this is only the advertisement for Apple before iPad 2 release?
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrandMstrBud View Post
      That's why I said I'm dreaming for that to happen. It's not like it can't be done since there are some devices that can do both ATT and TMO 3G.
      I sold my iPhone after purchasing the iPad. There was no reason to have both. I just use a basic phone to make my calls from. I would much rather have the iPads big screen over the tiny iPhone screen. Plus I am grandfathered in to the unlimited data on the iPad. Woot!

      I just hope I an carry that unlimited data over the the new iPad.
    1. Dranon's Avatar
      Dranon -
      Deos anyone know IF you can take the sim out of your iphone put it in the ipad and have it work/access data????
      I am using unlimited data on my iphone but I would like to get the unlimited data on the ipad and just go to a regular phone.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Answer is YES! You can use any GSM chip to access data on the iPad...that was proven on it's first week of release Muscle Nerd cut his Tmobile chip, to fit inside of the micro slot.
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      A Verizon iPad? Now THAT is going to be good!
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      I think I going to purchase the 3G model next year. I think it would nice to have. And if I don't want it one month then I don't have to pay.
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      Well that's good. Don't see the point of having a WiFi only model, I use my iDevice everywhere and anywhere. Only certain areas for connection is B.S. It's either 3G/4G or nothing.
    1. obtrunco's Avatar
      obtrunco -
      Quote Originally Posted by bobright View Post
      Right on that's great to know, I imagined speed wise it'd barely be noticeable.

      If the new iPad 2 has a faster processor/more memory would the Internet browsing improve any??
      Well, possibly yes. Like any computer it has to process and render the pages and the data being received. But that will only be noticeable if Safari on ipad is slow now. If not, then you'll see no difference and the rest lies ultimately on your current data speed.