Expect Multiple LTE iPad 3 / iPad HD Versions

Apple could be launching multiple versions of the iPad 3 later today with at least two LTE ones, one for Verizon and the other for AT&T with a third one covering CDMA and GSM.

According to The Verge, this could be a very distinct possibility based on the leaks provided by sources familiar with the matter.

Apple is likely to use Qualcomm's Gobi range of baseband chipsets, perhaps the MDM9200 which is a single mode modem with LTE data rates of up to 100Mbps with full backward compatibility and GPS.

As for the GSM/CDMA model, one would expect Apple to stick to the tried and trusted MDM6600 multi mode modem which is featured in the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S, the iPad (1 & 2) and supports HSPA+ and CDMA with GPS.

The main reason why Apple would choose to have different chipsets would be to cut down costs as Qualcomm would certainly charge more for LTE modems compared to bog standard GSM ones.

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