All signs point to Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) unveiling its 3rd generation iPad on Wednesday, and while millions of consumers will follow Apple’s San Francisco event in anticipation, operators around the world will watch with trepidation. New reports emerge daily that the iPad 3 will be the first iOS device with LTE connectivity, but Apple hasn’t given any official confirmation. There’s a lot riding on that spec sheet. If the new iPad – and more importantly the next iPhone – doesn’t support LTE, then Apple will have struck huge blow to wireless industry and impeded mobile broadband’s progress.
This article originally appeared in GigaOm.