Verizon to offer free mobile hotspot on new iPad, AT&T is looking into it

By on March 8, 2012 at 2:15 PM.

Verizon to offer free mobile hotspot on new iPad, AT&T is looking into it

Along with 4G LTE support, Apple’s new iPad will include a new personal hotspot feature that will vary from carrier to carrier. AT&T and Verizon Wireless are the exclusive carriers of the iPad in the U.S. and both carriers offer a mobile hotspot feature on their smartphones, however it was unknown if the feature would be offered on the new iPad as well. Verizon Wireless on Thursday  supplied GottaBeMobile with confirmation that the feature will be included — for no additional charge — with each data plan. “The tablet data plans include the mobile hotspot just as they do today,” a Verizon spokeswoman said. “Data plans begin at 2GB for $30 and go to 10 GB for $80 and includes the mobile hot spot. The iPads have one additional option of 1GB for $20.” AT&T will not offer the feature at launch, but may enable it in the future. “We are working with Apple to enable this feature in the future, but we currently do not offer it,” an AT&T spokesman told 9To5Mac. More →

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NVIDIA cries foul over Apple’s claim that A5X processor outperforms Tegra 3

By on March 8, 2012 at 1:10 PM.

NVIDIA cries foul over Apple’s claim that A5X processor outperforms Tegra 3

During Apple’s press event on Wednesday, the Cupertino-based company took direct aim at NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor, claiming its own A5X chip delivers four times the performance. The company neglected to show hard evidence to support its claim, however. Ken Brown, a spokesman for NVIDIA, told ZDNet that while it was “certainly flattering” to be mentioned by Apple, the performance claims are unfounded without more data. “We don’t have the benchmark information,” Brown said. “We have to understand what the application was that was used. Was it one or a variety of applications? What drivers were used? There are so many issues to get into with benchmark.” When Apple’s new iPad goes on sale on March 16th, NVIDIA plans to run tests in order to determine whether or not Apple’s claims hold water. “At some point it will become more clear what the performance really is,” Brown concluded. “For now, Apple has a really generic statement.” More →

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