If the new iPad has excellent battery life and a cost-effective LTE option, it could be a major milestone for wide-area wireless; also see How Apple Could Screw the U.S. Wireless Industry (GigaOM)
Verizon and AT&T are banking heavily on LTE to attract new subscribers and get existing subscribers to upgrade to more lucrative buckets of data covering devices such as tablets and smartphones. Both carriers will get LTE versions of the new iPad, people familiar with the matter have said.
The technology promises download speeds up to 10 times faster than third generation, or 3G networks. Verizon's LTE network covers nearly three times as many people as AT&T's. Yet more than a year after Verizon debuted its LTE network, the company said only 5% of its 87 million contract customers have switched over.