The UK's first 4G network has finally got the 4G iPad in stock. The company announced plans to carry the iPad 4, which is the first iPad that's compatible with UK 4G networks, back in October. Shortly after the iPad mini and iPad 4 were announced, EE revealed both would be compatible with its LTE network and it planned to offer both on EE contracts.
The carrier this week revealed it's launching the tablets this week, along with a special offer intended to attract new customers. The new iPads will also be available on EE, Orange and T-Mobile on 24 month plans starting from £21 a month.
“We're delighted to be launching the 4G iPad mini and iPad with Retina display," said Pippa Dunn, Chief Marketing Officer, EE. "To celebrate the launch on the UK's only 4G network we will be offering customers the chance to try 4G free for a month on our EE £15.99 30 day SIM Only Plan, which comes with 5GB of data and Wi-Fi."
The iPad mini features an A5 chip, just like the iPhone 4S, a front-facing camera for video calls, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, Apple's new Lightning connector, and a 7.9-inch display with the same 1024x768 resolution as the iPad 2. It goes up for pre-order on Friday and will start shipping a week later, on November 2. Apple pricing puts the entry-level iPad mini (16 GB, WiFi-only) at £269 while the same model with WiFi and 4G will set you back £369. The 32 GB model is priced at £349/£449 (WiFi-only/WiFi+Cellular), while the 64 GB model will cost you £429/£529 (WiFi-only/WiFi+Cellular).
The iPad 4 boasts an Apple A6X chip, which Apple says is capable of two times the performance of the A5X in the old "new" iPad, global LTE, a new Wi-Fi chip, and a FaceTime HD camera. The iPad 4 replaces the iPad 3 in Apple's iPad line and therefore retains the same pricing as the last generation iPad.