updated 04:05 pm EDT, Fri March 30, 2012
iPad 4G model gets more accurate claims
Apple's Australian iPad pages have changed to preemptively comply with rulings on 4G marketing. It now makes more generic claims to support "very fast cellular networks" and makes clear that the iPad doesn't support the frequencies or technologies for what's considered 4G in Australia. The hardware is "not compatible with current Australian 4G LTE networks and WiMAX networks," Apple said.
Norway has also added to a number of countries that have involved themselves with similar concerns, including Denmark, the UK, and Sweden. The new Scandinavian complaint from the country's ombudsman is concerned Apple is over-emphasizing LTE support for Norwegian customers that can't use it.
The adjustments and disputes stem from current limitations surrounding 4G, as well as American marketing terms. Apple's necessary choice of Qualcomm LTE chipset only gives it support for two frequencies and led it to choose the ranges that would cover two of its largest markets, the US and Canada. Pressure from AT&T and T-Mobile to define HSPA+ as 4G at the ITU has also given Apple a possible argument that it's following 4G guidelines. Australian carriers still keep to the more accurate 3G label. [via MacRumors]