Apple iPad Name Change: ‘4G’ Replaced By ‘Cellular’

Apple-iPadUnder pressure from a variety of sources, Apple has quietly changed the model name of one of their new Apple iPad models. What used to be called the “iPad Wi-Fi + 4G” is now referred to as the “iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular.”

Only the model name and the description has changed. Apple now says that this model “Connects to the Internet over Wi-Fi and fast cellular data networks — up to 4G LTE,” instead of saying it connects via 4G. Other than that, the actually iPad is the same. This model still comes in either black or white, and comes in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions. Apple also offers a Wi-Fi only model.

Much of the pressure for Apple to make this change is due to international nature of the product. In April we told you of the trouble that Apple was having in Australia. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said that Apple misled shoppers into thinking the iPad was compatible with a 4G network in Australia when it wasn’t. Soon thereafter, the UK Advertising Standards Authority began receiving complaints regarding the same issue in the UK.

As the new iPad rolled out in more and more countries, the problem mushroomed.

The new iPad does have 4G connectivity – but the 4G connectivity is only compatible with 4G networks in the US and Canada. Other locations either don’t have 4G networks, or don’t currently have compatible 4G networks. The name and description change, which can be viewed here, more accurately describes the iPad’s capabilities.

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Faroh Sauder has spent more than 30 years working as a journalist and educator. He has written on politics, international affairs, civil rights, and consumer education. Now mostly retired, Faroh continues to stay current on tech and consumer issues and reports on his interests here at News For Shoppers.