Equipped with a 42.5Wh battery and a Qualcomm MDM9600 chip, the new 4G LTE-capable iPad can use the personal hotspot feature for over a day on a single charge.
According to AnandTech’s tests, the new Verizon LTE model iPad can support an active personal hotspot connection for a mind-boggling 25.3 hours on a single charge – that’s over two and a half times the iPad’s battery life when it’s used for normal tasks.
Now for the killer. If you have an iPad on Verizon’s LTE network and use it as a personal hotspot (not currently possible on the AT&T version), it will last you roughly 25.3 hours on a single charge. Obviously that’s with the display turned off, but with a 42.5Wh battery driving Qualcomm’s MDM9600 you get tons of life out of the new iPad as a personal hotspot.
Based on an average speed of 10Mbps and a continuously active connection, you could potentially burn up to 111GB of data in that 25.3 hour period.
Even with the highest data plan Verizon offers, 10GB/Mo, if the iPad’s personal hotspot feature uses 111GB worth of data in a 25.3 hour period, that’s over 11 times the amount of data allotted for the entire month!
So while it might not be practical to use the new iPad as a mobile hotspot for an extended period of time, at least you can rest assured that you won’t run out of charge anytime soon! Stay tuned for more coverage on Apple’s latest iPad.