Although the fourth-gen iPad has been on sale for a couple of weeks now, the Wi-Fi + Cellular model has yet to surface. As is often the case, the fruit company has readied the Wi-Fi model and already sold countless units of the iPad 4, but the 3G / 4G LTE version has been slightly delayed. If you’ve been waiting on the cellular iteration, you’ll be pleased to learn that some Apple Stores have just started stocking up, and although nothing has been officially uttered with regards to when they’ll be available for purchase, they could feasibly go on sale at any point as of now.
Apple has sold a Wi-Fi + Cellular option since the very first iPad, but having learned the majority prefer the Wi-Fi only model, it has made more sense to offer more of the cheaper, Wi-Fi only iteration right off the bat. While some prefer to run their iPad on a separate cellular network to their smartphone, it actually makes a great deal of sense to simply tether out the connection of the handset. Not only is this cheaper, but it’s actually rather easy to set up, and it’s really no wonder very few opt for the Wi-Fi + Cellular models.
As of the iPad 3, Apple has offered 4G to those who can get their hands on it, and although the larger Cupertino slate doesn’t pack in the new, smaller Nano-SIM slot, users will still be able to connect to LTE networks should they wish to do so.
While it looks as though most Stores have gotten their first batch of the Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad 4, staff have been instructed to wait until they get the official corporate go-ahead to begin selling. Those who’ve ordered their LTE-capable unit online are expected to begin receiving them as early as Thursday of this week, and Retail Stores should begin selling it – along with the 4G LTE version of the iPad mini – from Friday. It may be the case that the Retail Stores will also sell them as of Thursday, but since the fruit company usually begins selling new products on a Friday, those looking to get hold of a unit may just have to wait it out that extra day.