Gizmodo’s Jamie Condliffe is a link-baiting idiot.
Check it out, or don’t…
If you feel like not clicking, here are the best parts:
The new iPad has garnered its fair share of abuse since launch. But for international users, there’s a bigger concern than crappy charging or a little extra heat: it turns out that it’s virtually impossible to use its LTE capabilities anywhere other than North America.
Except that Apple clearly stated in it’s presentation, and in it’s local pages, that it’s not compatible with 4G/LTE networks internationally.
Covering its back, on the Apple website it does mention that “4G LTE is supported only on AT&T and Verizon networks in the U.S. and on Bell, Rogers, and Telus networks in Canada.” Clearly that’s not enough.
Except it is. Most of us outside the US pride ourselves in being able to read a few lines of text before we spend 479+ Euros.
The issue arises because the frequency bands used by 4G networks differ from country to country—and Apple has clearly decided to make the new iPad a US-centric device.
Except it hasn’t, because most of us know that 4G/LTE is not available where we live, and we can read, and the new iPad supports DC-HSDPA which is twice as fast as regular 3G, besting down- and upload speed of most so-called “4G/LTE” networks in America.
Essentially, anyone outside the US or Canada is paying a premium—in fact, the device costs more in Europe—to subsidize a technology they can’t even use. That sucks. Currently, there seems to be no evidence that Apple is going to rectify the problem.
Except they’re…we’re not. The new iPad costs the same as the iPad 2 did.
You know what really sucks? Yeah, I think you do.