Five New Features In The 'New iPad'


Communications

Cosmetics aside, the biggest difference to consumers and resellers of the new iPad is in its communications capabilities. Like prior iPad models, it will be available for both AT&T and Verizon networks, but devices will not be interchangeable between networks and may not be network-compatible between iPad generations. Check with the carrier.

A new version of iOS now allows the iPad to be configured as a Wi-Fi hot spot for as many as five devices. What's more, iPad 2 offered Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, while the new iPad is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, which adds high-speed and low-energy protocols and is backward-compatible. Wi-Fi capabilities are identical between old and new models. Pricing starts at $499 for Wi-Fi-only models and $629 for 4G. Availability is set for March 16.



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