This just in.
In a post late Monday night eastern time, the Wall Street Journal confirms that the upcoming iPad 3 will indeed ship with a 4G/LTE radio. Citing "people familiar with the matter" the WSJ uses about 500 more words than is necessary to drop that little nugget.
While not earth shattering -- LTE rumors bubbled up about a month ago -- the WSJ's endorsement caries some weight.
MacRumors notes that Apple frequently uses "controlled leaks" to give its most-trusted (read: supportive) reporters advanced product information ahead of a big launch. You can tell who Apple's preferred news outlets are, they're the only ones that get hot new products like the iPad 3 about one week ahead of their public release. (Hint: they're the outlets that have fully written and edited product reviews posted as soon as the product launches.)
Follow the Google link to the WSJ piece to get around their pay wall.
Enough with the old news though. Can anyone make a case for buying a Wi-Fi only iPad? Even though I haven't used the 3G radio in my iPad 2 in a while, I'd never buy a Wi-Fi only iPad. Especially when cellular data is available month-to-month, sans contract. 4G makes the cellular radio option a complete no-brainer.
Unless Apple increases the $130 premium, that is.