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New 4G iPad Could Hit a Speed Bump in Asia: Expert

Huang Junmin|Assistant Producer, CNBC Asia-Pacific
Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 6:02 AM ET

Apple's new iPads have been flying off the shelves since they were launched in selected Asian markets on Friday morning. Among the many attractive features is the ultra-fast wireless access based on the 4G LTE technology. However, one technology expert warns that the high-speed connectivity may not be applicable to Asia's wireless networks.

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"The LTE bands that the iPad supports are not supported in many global markets, this includes Singapore and Australia," said Melissa Chau, Research Manager of client devices at IDC, a research firm which focuses on technology trends and developments.

She adds that Asian customers would only be able to log on using the slower 3G network.

According to Chau it will not be easy for Apple to rectify this issue.

The company needs to replace the wireless chip in its iPads to one that is compatible with the 4G standards in different Asian countries, Chau told CNBC.

In spite of the wireless hiccup, Chau expects sales of the new iPad to perform very well, and for Apple to maintain its lead in the tablet space, at least for now.

"Apple has shown it has the brand, it has the capability to get people excited about its products regardless of whether they change the world," she said.

Even with the iPhone 4S, it was an incremental change and still it has done very well," she said.

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