Apple May Launch Revised iPad 3 With UK 4G LTE Support & Lightning Connector; iPad Mini Likely To Be Wi-Fi Only

We’ve heard rumors that Apple will launch a revised version of the 3rd generation iPad along with the iPad mini later this month.

The Guardian now reports that according to their sources, Apple will indeed launch a revision version of the new iPad that will come with Apple’s new Lightning connector and support 4G LTE networks in the United Kingdom.

The Guardian also reports that Apple will offer only a Wi-Fi version of iPad mini.

Apple’s expected “iPad mini” will only come in a Wi-Fi version – but there will also be a revised version of the iPad with 4G connectivity compatible with the UK’s Everything Everywhere network, and sporting the new “Lightning” connector, industry sources have told the Guardian. 

Rumours have been building for months that Apple would move into the lower-priced end of the tablet market by offering a smaller version of its 9.7in iPad, dubbed the “iPad mini” and with a 7.8in screen. [..]

[..] Multiple sources contacted by the Guardian have indicated that they think the announcement of the “iPad mini” is imminent, with retail sources saying that they anticipate new products in November. 

The 3rd generation iPad currently does not support 4G LTE networks outside US and Canada. We’re assuming that the revised version of iPad 3 will support 4G LTE networks in other international markets as well and not just in the UK, just like the iPhone 5. There have also been rumors that the revised iPad will feature an updated heat dissipation mechanism.

As for the iPad mini, it remains to be seen if it will only support Wi-Fi as leaked parts of the rear shell have indicated that Apple will offer an iPad mini model with support for 4G/3G networks, though the part could be fake.

[via The Guardian]