T-Mobile CEO hints new iPads could be heading carrier's way

Apple iPad invite Oct. 22
iPads and T-Mo, together at last?

T-Mobile only just began carrying iPhones this year, so the question on Apple-using Un-carrier fans' lips is when iPads will join the ranks as well.

There's no official word yet, but T-Mobile CEO John Legere blasted out a tweet to his nearly 14,000 followers what seems to be a not-so-subtle hint that iPads are finally coming to T-Mobile.

"What has two thumbs and is excited for October 22? #thisguy," Legere tweeted, with a link to a USA Today article speculating new iPads will be unveiled at an Apple event scheduled that day.

If that's not a hint then we don't know what is.

New iPads ahoy

The iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 are all but confirmed for Apple's October 22 event.

For the new full-sized offering, we're expecting a thinner and lighter iPad with a slimmer bezel as well.

As for the smaller one, a high-res iPad mini Retina display could debut, though there's speculation that a shortage of Retina panels could result in two versions of the iPad mini 2 appearing next week - one with and one without the sharp screen.

Both new iPads could appear in a "space gray" shade that matches that of the iPhone 5S.

Lastly, given how hued Apple's invitations were, we're hoping to see more new iPad colors - if not for the iPad 5 then at least for the slightly more whimsical iPad mini 2.

A true mystery

With the question of when T-Mobile's iPads will arrive more or less answered, the new question is naturally, "Why would the carrier rely on its CEO's slightly enigmatic tweets to get the news out rather than just issue a press release?"

Sadly, we'll never know the answer to that question, as the inner workings of a tech company's PR department are far too complex for the average human mind, including ours, to comprehend.

Regardless, this isn't the first time Legere has hinted at plans for T-Mobile iPads. "I think there's a whole array of Apple products that we look forward to carrying," Legere said back in August. "We will expand what we offer from them."

Way to stay true to your word, man.

Michael Rougeau

Michael Rougeau is a former freelance news writer for TechRadar. Studying at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Northeastern University, Michael has bylines at Kotaku, 1UP, G4, Complex Magazine, Digital Trends, GamesRadar, GameSpot, IFC, Animal New York, @Gamer, Inside the Magic, Comic Book Resources, Zap2It, TabTimes, GameZone, Cheat Code Central, Gameshark, Gameranx, The Industry, Debonair Mag, Kombo, and others.

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