iPad 5, iPad mini 2 due at T-Mobile in Fall 2013
While everyone else was focused on T-Mobile's announcement this week that, finally, it would be offering the iPhone 5, starting this month, Chuong Nguyen, at GottaBeMobile, looked deeper.
"Historically, Apple launches the iPad on its carrier partners' networks following the successful launch of the iPhone," he explains in a blog post. Take Sprint for example.
"When Sprint signed on for the iPhone 4S [in October 2011], it did not get 'the new iPad,' also colloquially referred to as the iPad 3 [in March 2012], but had to wait for the iPad 4 and iPad mini [in November 2012]," Nguyen says. "The reasoning was LTE. When Verizon debuted the iPhone 4 on its 3G network, it got the 3G-capable iPad 2 on its network a few months after."
So if you are a carrier, and you get the iPhone, then you get the iPad, too, either a few months later or many months later.
"Likely, given that T-Mobile is up to date with 4G LTE and continues building out its LTE network as planned, it will get the new iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 in the Fall when Apple announces those products," Nguyen confidently predicts.
Q. E. D. What could be simpler?
iPad 5 will let you use a regular ole pen
Repurposing rumors is a tried and true iOSphere practice. Last week, the "iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending Mar. 22" noted that a "breakthrough" display technology developed by Sharp Corp. would be appearing in the Next iPhone.
It would let you write on the display using a regular ole ballpoint pen instead of some fancy-smancy "smartpen." As one blogger noted, "it'll be the first time in history that a user will be able to write on a display using an ordinary pen or pencil for taking notes."
The very. First time.
This week, some keen minds in the iOSphere realized if you could do that on the Next iPhone, it would be even better to do it on the Next iPad.
Actually, make that one (1) keen mind.
That would be Jordan Mammo, writing at iTechPost, where he modestly noted that "to this reporter and apparently I'm the only one, because all other reports suggest iPhone functionality only it seems just as likely that Apple would build this screen into a new iPad 5 or iPad mini."
He's not afraid to boldly speculate where no man has speculated before.
"If Apple does put this screen in a new iPhone, it means two things," he tells readers. "First, it means the iPhone 6's touch screen will be significantly larger than the iPhone 5's. Second, it would mean Cupertino is jumping into the phablet race. The screen doesn't scale down past 5 inches, putting any phone using it squarely into phone/tablet hybrid territory."
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