After complaints, Apple rebrands ‘4G’ iPad as ‘WiFi+Cellular’
SAN FRANCISCO, May 14 — Apple is no longer claiming that its new iPad comes with “4G” connectivity in Australia amid consumer complaints that the device does not support Australia’s current 4G networks.
The “WiFi + 4G” tablet, which went on sale in March, is now advertised as a “WiFi + Cellular” device on Apple Australia’s website and appears with the disclaimer, “This product supports very fast cellular networks. It is not compatible with current Australian 4G LTE networks and WiMAX networks.”
Apple has also stripped the “4G” claim from advertising accompanying the new tablet in countries around the world.
An Apple Australia spokesperson told Relaxnews the change took place globally over the weekend.
“The new iPad supports many high speed networks around the world, including LTE in the US and Canada and HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA in many countries. Carriers do not all refer to their high speed networks with the same terminology, therefore we’ve decided to use ‘Wi-Fi + Cellular’ as a simple term which describes all the high speed networks supported by the new iPad. The advanced wireless features of the new iPad have not changed,” said Apple. — AFP/Relaxnews