iPad Air as LTE Hotspot for 24 Hours

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So you’re getting not just a tablet but you can also set the iPad Air as a dedicated MiFi hotspot for your other devices and friends to connect on the juices of LTE for 24 hours according to recent reports of AnandTech.

iPad Air Hotspot

I set the iPad Air up as a personal hotspot, wirelessly tethering it to a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. I started a constant 100KB/s transfer on the MacBook Pro (2x the transfer rate of my iPad 3 test) and with the iPad Air’s display off I measured battery life. Last time I chose 50KB/s as it was the average transfer rate across our old WiFi web browsing battery life test, I doubled the workload to be more reflective of more strenuous demands. In reality I’d expect to see a burstier usage profile, but that’s something for me to test down the road.

A total of 24.08 hours and over 8GB of transfers later, the iPad Air finally died. Just like last time, you’ll likely burn through your monthly data allotment before you run out of power.

What more interesting from the design of the new iPad Air, the battery capacity has been reduced to about 25-percent from the previous model and yet it was able to carry the 24-hour battery life. Still we can credit Apple from utilizing efficient technologies on building the iPad Air and iOS —-that both will work efficiently together.

At 24 hours of battery life as LTE hotspot, the iPad Air will easily dethrones any MiFi hotspot available in the market however, still the bulk of the new iPad is way bigger from the regular hotspot devices. But, if you already have an iPad Air then this a pretty good alternatives if ever you’re on-the-go and have to connect your other devices to internet.

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