The new iPad is also the ultimate mobile hotspot: It can run 24 hours straight when tethering LTE

The new iPad being used as a personal hotspot.

The Verizon version of the new iPad can run 25.3 hours straight with the LTE personal hotspot feature enabled. according to recent testing. AnandTech put the Verizon model through its paces, and as you might expect, these results are with the blindingly sharp Retina display turned off, which would otherwise put a huge dent into the battery performance.

iMore has enjoyed similar results on our new iPad running on the Rogers network, and said in our complete iPad (2012) review:

Tethering using the built-in Personal Hotspot feature (not currently supported by AT&T) was fantastic. It rivaled a home or office Wi-Fi connection. While it functions the same as the iPhone Personal Hotspot, I’d much rather use up my iPad data and battery while tethering, and leave my iPhone charged for phone calls and messaging. Also, because the iPad has an LTE radio and a much bigger battery, you can tether faster than an iPhone and for longer than any other smartphone.

So not only can you go longer, your phone remains fully charged and fully functional when you're done. This sets the new iPad up as an ideal mobile hotspot to handle your casual day-to-day computing, so long as you can resist playing around with it while on your Mac or Windows laptop.

Of course, the data cap issue still looms large, but if you have a monster grandfathered unlimited plan or your needs are modest, you may be able to get away with regularly using your new LTE iPad as a secondary internet connection.

If you're happily tethering away on your LTE or HSPA+ iPad connection, jump into the forum and tell us how you're experience has been.

Source: AnandTech

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The new iPad is also the ultimate mobile hotspot: It can run 24 hours straight when tethering LTE


I almost downloaded a book on LTE, I'm so scared of running out of data I immediltely closed and killed the app. Lol book probably wasn't even that big. I bet it could last that long, when I tethered for a few hours to my laptop it used so little battery power I thought something was wrong.

I have read a lot about the battery lasting 23 hours, how is the performance compared to dedicated USB modem or Mifi devices?
I am in canada and our carriers have some good deals at $35 for 5gb data, I am in LTE area and was talked out of a 4G version at the Apple Store in US (also AT&T version has no mobile hotspot)
I am now thinking about selling USB stick and Zoom mobile router and replacing with LTE iPad.
It is tough to get real good opinions on 4G iPad vs dedicated devices, if there is anyone who has done some comparisons, your feedback would be appreciated.

+6I love my Cr-48, it has replaced my home lotapp for 95% of everything I do. It's the new family computer. But most of what we do is browse the web, check email.For work this would also allow me to do 95% percent of what I do. As a manager, most of what I do is via email and web-based. But it does have two major drawbacks: 1) in lieu of Outlook on the desktop accessing my office's Outlook Web Access and having to use the light interface is sub-par, since my company doesn't want to upgrade to v10 and 2) while editing office documents is possible by uploading to Google Docs, it's still a sucky experience and more trouble than it's worth.A tablet, with it's Exchange integration and open-office apps is all I need, but I hate the form factor, as I'm constantly writing emails, IM, on web tools, etc.A Chromebook is about 5% away from completely replacing all my computer needs, but it's an important 5% that I can't sacrifice for now.

Why would there be an iPhone 5?The 4s was the 5th iPhone, iOS 5 already came out, and the 4s has an A5 prsceosor. It wouldn't make sense.It'll most likely be called iPhone 6 or something around there. iOS 6, A6 prsceosor(if they upgrade the prsceosor), and it will be the 6th iPhone