T-Mobile already confirmed during the summer that it was looking to expand its product offerings from Apple after the carrier first started carrying iPhones back in April of this year. The obvious new product for the carrier would be to sell cellular iPads directly to customers, and today CEO John Legere is strongly hinting the announcement could be coming on October 22.
The CEO sent out the tweet below on his Twitter account today saying that he’s excited for October 22 and linking to an article covering invites sent out earlier this week for Apple’s iPad event scheduled to take place in California next week. T-Mobile is currently the only major U.S. carrier that doesn’t offer Apple’s LTE iPads, as LTE models sold through Apple and retail partners are currently only available on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. Customers can currently insert a T-Mobile SIM for use on the network much like with iPhones before the carrier officially started offering the device, but an official deal would mean users could purchase iPads preloaded with T-Mob SIM cards and optimizations specifically for the carrier’s LTE network.
At the event, Apple is expected to introduce the iPad 5 with a slimmed down iPad mini-like design and improved internals, while the second generation iPad mini is rumored to include a Retina display and the usual spec bumps. There have also been some less than reliable leaks showing the new iPads in similar colors to the new iPhone 5s and even whispers of a TouchID fingerprint sensor for the larger of the two new products, but we’re thinking those two features could very well be left out of the refreshed iPads this time around. They could also sport an upgraded 8 megapixel camera system according to recent reports from often reliable Apple analyst Mingchi Kuo, but we’ll have to wait until next week to find out for sure.