As the press descends on San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for yet another Apple announcement today, the mood may be equally upbeat miles to the north at the Washington headquarters of T-Mobile US. Last week T-Mobile CEO John Legere was tweeting about his excitement over Apple’s launch event. His tweet read, “What has two thumbs and is excited for Oct. 22? #thisguy.” The tweet included a link to an article about today’s Apple event.
Although it is entirely possible that Mr. Legere just wants a new iPad for Christmas, it seems more likely that T-Mobile will finally be getting an iPad that supports its LTE network.
AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint all carry iPads with LTE connectivity. T-Mobile was the last of the big four carriers to get the iPhone, and the device has done very well there, but so far T-Mobile has not carried the iPad. Of course, even if the iPad doesn’t come to T-Mobile, customers can still insert T-Mobile SIM cards into iPads that work on AT&T’s network, and make the switch to Magenta.
Apple is expected to launch the first iPad mini with retina display today, possibly powered by its new 64-bit A7 chip. The company is also expected to launch a new full-size, A7-powered iPad today. The event begins at 10:00 am PT.
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