Are these AT&T micro-SIM headed to the LTE next generation iPhone?

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    Are these AT&T micro-SIM headed to the LTE next generation iPhone?




    You’ll be happy to know that some things are still set in stone in iPhone/iPad rumor land. While people are still fighting on forums whether or not the next generation iDevices will get the super fast LTE 4G networking this spring or this summer, fall or winter, AT&T is doing real business. The carrier is preparing their current microSIM cards with LTE enabled feats.

    Phone Arena was the first to make the discovery, although they did add, that the cards might be directed to the new Nokia Lumia 600 which is LTE enabled after all. They do like to play with our nerves! They said that this information somehow fell on their lap, but failed to mention what specific device model should be getting the cards. But since the iPhone 4S is using micro-SIM cards the next model is very likely to use the same cards, unless Apple really decides to jump over a bridge and go for nano-SIM cards.

    Employees received an internal memo that read:

    “To keep your micro sim inventory up to date, scrap all old micro sims [word scrambled] but keep all new micro sims labeled with same sku. You will then be sent the new ‘LTE’ compatible sim.”

    AT&T will be thus following in the footsteps of Verzion who also switched to LTE microSIM cards back in October in order to welcome the Samsung Stratosphere. Sprint is still testing the wasters with the LTE technology because of the Galaxy Nexus – so there’s a big chance that they will be introducing LTE microSIM cards as well in the upcoming future.


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    WSJ: Apple to add 4G LTE to third-generation iPad

    A new report claims Apple will announce a third-generation iPad in early March that is capable of operating on 4G LTE networks from Verizon and AT&T.



    People familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that Apple is planning on announcing the 4G-capable iPad during the first week of March. The device would reportedly then go on sale with AT&T and Verizon.

    That lines up with earlier reports that have suggested the same time frame. One recent rumor claimed the announcement would come on March 7 and was quickly backed up by The Loop's Jim Dalrymple.

    The Journal was unable to learn whether the other major carriers in the U.S., Sprint and T-Mobile, would also sell Apple's next iPad, though it did point out that AT&T and Verizon are currently the only two operators in the U.S. that run LTE networks. Verizon got an early lead with its 4G network and now reaches 200 million people with the service. AT&T has worked to catch up to its rival, covering 74 million people at the end of 2011.

    Sources also said that the next iPad will resort to slower network technology when LTE isn't available. AT&T sold the original iPad iPad Wi-Fi + 3G in 2010, while Verizon sold the iPad with Wi-Fi and a Mobile Hotspot router. The second-generation iPad, released last year, was capable of running on both Verizon and AT&T from day one.

    Though rumors that Apple would transition the iPhone and iPad to LTE in 2012 have persisted for some time, evidence that the company will make the leap next month has mounted in recent months. Bloomberg claimed last month that the next-generation iPad would feature LTE, as well as a high-resolution Retina Display and a quad-core processor.

    Details surrounding the next iPad have also appeared to leak out through purported components for the next-generation tablet. One recent report featured images of three parts, including the display, the dock connector and the rear panel, fitted together to show subtle differences between the iPad 2 and the so-called "iPad 3."






    The alleged parts reportedly showed that the third-generation iPad will be slightly thicker and feature a different camera mount. The display in question was said to be a Sharp QXGA 9.7-inch LCD display with a resolution of 2,048 by 1,536 pixels.

    Rumors of a 4G-compatible "iPad 3" have also gained steam after pictures of new LTE micro-SIM cards from AT&T emerged late last week. Apple's current iPhone and 3G-capable iPad use micro-SIM cards.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook said last April that the company had held off on 4G for its devices because the "first generation" of LTE chipsets required too many compromises.


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