Verizon says CDMA iPad on the way
Well, this certainly has been quite a day for Apple enthusiasts and fanbois alike!
First, Verizon announced it would begin selling Cupertino's wildly popular iPhone on February 10th.
Then, the carrier confirmed that a Verizon-enabled, CDMA version of the iPad will hit the streets at some point in the (presumably) near future.
Currently, the iPad is only truly compatible with AT&T's 3G wireless network in the US.
However, as AppleInsider’s Katie Marsal points out, Verizon and Apple did team up to bundle a MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot router with the Wi-Fi-only iPad.
Still, the iPad-MiFi package starts at $630 (16GB) - the same price as the 3G-capable hardware which offers direct connectivity to AT&T's network.
It should also be noted that Apple is rumored to be prepping a second-gen iPad which could hit the streets as early as February.
Relevant specs may include:
- A dual-core ARM processor.
- USB port.
- Larger speaker.
- Slimmer design.
- Larger screen size.
My take on it all?
Apple is likely to introduce its second-gen iPad with support for both AT&T and Verizon on launch day.
First-gen owners who want to dump AT&T? Well, you may want upgrade, or make do with a WiFi-only iPad.