New iPad set for minor tweaks alongside iPad Mini
Apple looks set to tweak the current full-size iPad next week, revealing the minor updates to its top-end slate alongside the much-mooted iPad Mini. According to sources speaking to 9to5mac, the refreshed device will come with a Lightning connector and a new global LTE chip to support more 4G networks.
Talk of a new version of the top-end iPad has been flying around for some weeks, but this report, coming as it does just days before Apple’s 23 October iPad event, points towards these changes being nailed on.
Adding a Lightning connector to the current iPad could help Apple ensure that its old 30-point dock connector is confined to history. All new iPods and the iPhone 5 use Lightning, with the iPad Mini expected to follow suit. Some gossip sites have suggested that Apple may do the same with the old-school iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
With global LTE smarts, the updated iPad would also be an easier sell for the likes of EE when it launches its 4G network on these shores later this month.
We’ll be revealing all the details on the new iPad and iPad Mini on our live blog on 23 October, so be sure to keep it locked for up-to-the-minute info.