Those who have opposed and rubbished the rumors of iPad 3 to be LTE equipped have argued that Apple will avoid the 4G technology again this year because it is still not widely available.
Many believe that Apple does not have any reason to complicate its manufacturing process with multiple 3G/4G models.
However, one point that these people are missing is that chips that work with both LTE and 3G networks already exist. Qualcomm unveiled a new all-in-one chip, earlier this week. According to rumors, this chip is going to be used by Apple in the upcoming iPad.
According to online reports, Qualcomm just unveiled the fifth generation of its popular gobi line: the MDM9615 (and the 9215). The chip is compatible with a long list of wireless technologies that includes LTE, HSPA, EV-DO, CDMA, TD-SCDMA, and TD-LTE.
This chip would allow Apple to manufacture a single tablet that works with both 3G and 4G networks. Plus, it would also enable Apple to finally offer its products on China Mobile. The carrier, who has over 600 million wireless subscribers, uses obscure TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE technology. This is the reason that partnership between iPhone and China mobile has not been possible till date.
This may not be a confirmation of LTE technology available in upcoming iPhone or iPad. However, this certainly can be a possibility that cannot be ruled out.
Source: iDownload Blog