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  • The iPad 3G is Here - PICS!


    The iPad 3Gs are not in stores til this evening, but those who pre-ordered and had them shipped are already receiving the devices. Mine arrived an hour ago or so, and I've been playing around with it a bit since then.



    Obviously it's pretty much identical to the iPad WiFi, with a few marked difference both in software and hardware.

    The top has a black plastic area instead of metal to allow for better 3G reception. It wraps around from the back of the iPad 3G to flush with the bezel on the front - so you've got both a bit of black in the silver frame of your iPad, and the black on the back.



    There is also a SIM slot, which is essentially the same design as the iPhone SIM slots - although on the left side of the device. Same story - popping a paper clip in the SIM slot opening pushes the tray out to show the SIM. There is no unlock for the iPad yet, but once there is you should be able to also get 3G data through any other provider that offers it on the iPad 3G's supported spectrums (UMTS/HSPDA 850/1900/2100MHz, GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, and EDGE). EDIT: The thing comes unlocked, my bad.



    The SIM included is a MicroSIM, roughly half the size of a standard SIM card. You /can/ actually cut a standard SIM card to fit these, which I imagine unlockers will eventually be doing to use the iPad 3G with T-Mobile or in countries it's not supported. EDIT: The thing comes unlocked, my bad.



    Once initially connected to iTunes (required before the thing will even turn on, same as the iPad), it will ask you to set it up as a backup of a previous iPad or a new device. Then your iPad 3G will let you know it's awaiting activation, which for me took about a minute.



    There is a new option in the Settings app for Cellular Data. You can choose to turn it on or off, as well as with roaming. You can also view your data account (which needs to be set up, more on that in a sec), and edit APN and SIM PIN settings. AT&T settings for APN came preset working with APN set to broadband, and both Username and Password are blank.



    The first time you attempt to access anything which calls to the web (I opened Safari), a pop-up appears asking you if you'd like to set up a Cellular Data Account, or skip it and access it via Settings at any time.



    Press Now, and a window pop-over opens asking for your name, telephone, password for the account, and email. It also asks which of the two data plans you'd like to choose. There is a $14.99 for 250MB/month, or $29.99 for unlimited usage. You are also asked for your payment information, via Visa/MasterCard/AMEX/Discover. Sorry, folks without credit cards, those are the methods.

    Assuming everything goes through correctly (my card didn't go through twice, with no specific errors, and the bank saying all should be fine, and I had to use a separate card - seems the validator may be off), you'll get another pop-up alert letting you know your account has been activated.



    You should be able to immediately use 3G at the speeds you're familiar with from your iPhone 3G/3G[S]. Some reports of people having to restart their devices before getting 3G data (even though the 3G bar at the top says its connected with good reception) have been heard, although mine worked fine immediately.

    You can view your account info and change it via the Settings app at any time. You'll be asked for the name and password you set up initially.



    3G so far is working well, and other than those software and hardware differences, this is pretty much an iPad WiFi - which you're familiar with by now. Netflix streaming over 3G works great - annoyingly, the ABC app won't play anything, and requires you to be on WiFi.

    comex's Spirit jailbreak should work fine on the iPad 3G, and is being released "sometime after the iPad 3G release" - from talks I've heard, it is close. Obviously testing on the iPad 3G will need to be done before they release a jailbreak, but assume it's their priority.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: The iPad 3G is Here - PICS! started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 43 Comments
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Guys, if you want to use your iPhone sim card follow my DYI instructions here:
      Mod At&t SIM to work in iPad 3G
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      I'm waiting on a Speed Test comparison between the native 3G signal and MyWi
    1. mactwisted's Avatar
      mactwisted -
      Fedex just dropped the 64GB 3G. Its an awesome thing.
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      i have been bashing the iPad lately but after spending a hour playing with it, i realised how amazing it is...
      still waiting for the iPhone though
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      Posted from my iPad 3G. Now I have 2. 1 wifi and 1 3G. Life is good.
    1. GhStRdR2k's Avatar
      GhStRdR2k -
      I dont have the 3g ipad but my wifi one, using mywi I am getting DL 293.0 kB/s, UL 41.8 kB/s, Ping 400 ms
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by isham.padron View Post
      That blows... I pay enough for phone service.
      not according to At&T/Apple.

      Quote Originally Posted by s4mb4 View Post
      Posted from my iPad 3G. Now I have 2.
      and a lot less money
    1. Transonic's Avatar
      Transonic -
      So if I have a data package for my iPhone 3GS and i do the DIY trick to make it a microSIM I still need to sign up for ANOTHER data plan? It doesn't just share it? Even if i happen to work for a company that supports the iPhone and I have unlimited data on my device?
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      I want a iPad 3G 64GB but I can not afford it at all
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      budget plan man , thats what i dids lmao
    1. badbrain88's Avatar
      badbrain88 -
      Damn you all to Hades!!! I gots to wait another month or so, being as I'm in old Europe.

      Seriously though, have lotsa fun. Hope any problems are ironed out within a month and that there's still a jailbreak to use.

      Anyone clocked the d/l time with 3G, so can compare with the MyWi posting above. It's a €170 question.

      Is the iBooks app rocking good times?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpjr View Post
      So the ipad is a useless brick because you cant change how the icons look or the wallpaper??? Oh wait or use SBsettings?? Really what is sooo important post-jailbreak that makes that huge of a difference...lol
      Multitasking.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpjr View Post
      So the ipad is a useless brick because you cant change how the icons look or the wallpaper??? Oh wait or use SBsettings?? Really what is sooo important post-jailbreak that makes that huge of a difference...lol
      no cpjr , i was talking to mardinn for saying

      Originally Posted by mardinn
      The fact still stays... there is no Jailbreak.. = Useless brick.
      his post was useless , not kyles.
    1. Sn4key's Avatar
      Sn4key -
      ABC app doesn't work on 3G.. Well.. That's why I tell people.. If you got an iPad, get the WiFi version.. and you'll most likely have an iPhone (if you don't too bad! ) and just jailbreak it, get MyWi, create HotSpot and use the 3G off your iPhone to surf with the iPad.. No restrictions since the iPad will show it's on WiFi.. I do everything like that, watch Netflix, ABC app.. Works perfect and probably identical to the iPad 3G..
    1. madpoet's Avatar
      madpoet -
      My restore from my Wifi backup seems to be.. going badly Been stuck at 5 minutes for like 15 minutes now.
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      Just got the last iPad 3G at my local apple store.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by badbrain88 View Post
      Is the iBooks app rocking good times?
      Yes, digital books are revolutionary man. They are THE REASON to buy a handful of iPads, didn't you hear?

      In all seriousness, I think you can answer the question yourself. Do you like to read? Is reading a rockin' good time? Depending on how you answered my last two questions, you can probably come up with an answer to yours.

      Quote Originally Posted by Sn4key View Post
      ABC app doesn't work on 3G.. Well.. That's why I tell people.. If you got an iPad, get the WiFi version.. and you'll most likely have an iPhone (if you don't too bad! ) and just jailbreak it, get MyWi, create HotSpot and use the 3G off your iPhone to surf with the iPad.. No restrictions since the iPad will show it's on WiFi.. I do everything like that, watch Netflix, ABC app.. Works perfect and probably identical to the iPad 3G..
      But the iPad 3G is more expensive, therefore it is better, and we all need the best. If not, we aren't cool enough right?

      I'd be interested to hear how many people bought the Wifi iPad and then bought the 3G version a short month later. Genious marketing tactic by Apple. After all, most of those people wouldn't have purchased two units if they were released simultaneously.
    1. six7guy's Avatar
      six7guy -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      No you don't if you know where to look...
      nice teaser...tell me more...
    1. mytran80's Avatar
      mytran80 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      I want a iPad 3G 64GB but I can not afford it at all
      Dude ,I bought it at best buy ,they re offering a whopping 18 months interest free , so buy now ,pay later with no fees at all! This is even better than borrowing money from a family member

      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Yes, digital books are revolutionary man. They are THE REASON to buy a handful of iPads, didn't you hear?

      In all seriousness, I think you can answer the question yourself. Do you like to read? Is reading a rockin' good time? Depending on how you answered my last two questions, you can probably come up with an answer to yours.



      But the iPad 3G is more expensive, therefore it is better, and we all need the best. If not, we aren't cool enough right?

      I'd be interested to hear how many people bought the Wifi iPad and then bought the 3G version a short month later. Genious marketing tactic by Apple. After all, most of those people wouldn't have purchased two units if they were released simultaneously.
      iPad 3G + $130 for 3G chip + $360 a yr extra for data plan
      iPad wifi + $10 for mywi app + 0.00 a yr extra for data plan

      iPad 3G is better alright but the iPad wifi is better at saving money ohhhhhhhhhh

      Let's be realistic here what I mentioned above is exactly how it sounds and looks ,both models has the same capability , so better is no better
    1. jayteez's Avatar
      jayteez -
      Quote Originally Posted by mytran80 View Post
      Dude ,I bought it at best buy ,they re offering a whopping 18 months interest free , so buy now ,pay later with no fees at all! This is even better than borrowing money from a family member



      iPad 3G + $130 for 3G chip + $360 a yr extra for data plan
      iPad wifi + $10 for mywi app + 0.00 a yr extra for data plan

      iPad 3G is better alright but the iPad wifi is better at saving money ohhhhhhhhhh

      Let's be realistic here what I mentioned above is exactly how it sounds and looks ,both models has the same capability , so better is no better

      agreed..why anyone with an iphone capable of running mywi who would rather pay for an ipad 3g plus the cost of a data plan is beyond me. not hating on the 3g ipad owners, but it just doesnt make much sense to me to go that route.