If  Zacks Equity Research is to be believed, the 3G Microcell I’ve been using for months as a trial user for AT&T is finally going to become available to subscribers in select markets (Atlanta, San Antonio, Seattle, and North Carolina).  The sooner this thing is available en masse, the better off AT&T’s network is going to be.  Based on my experiences with it so far, it is definitely ready for prime time.  

(via Engadget)

If you have ever read or listened to any of the standard conjecture on why Apple will never release the mythical “iTablet”, it usually involves some explanation around Apple, or really Steve Jobs needing to tell a marketing story with a device or a line of devices. And this line of thinking never has room for a device in the middle: in between the iPhone and the Macbook.

Many who claim a tablet is coming point to a rather sketchy report on Apple gobbling up a bunch of 10 inch screens in March. Gizmodo then went even further last week and claimed they had a source confirming not only 10 inch screens, but 13 and 15 too?

Screens sizes like this would portend a “Macbook Touch” running Snow Leopard with it’s arguably more touch friendly OS elements. That story isn’t convincing and compelling to me though, and the story that makes more sense is the one we’ve already been halfway expecting, where the iPhone OS gets extended to greater hardware. In fact what we’ve been expecting, (really since Jobs claimed the iPhone was running MacOSX) is a version of the OS that is closer to full Macintosh, but looks more like the iPhone experience.

So what would the physical footprint of such a device be? Have we all forgotten the concept device Intel trotted out a couple of years ago at one of their events? You know the sleek, elongated Atom (Menlow) driven iPhoneesque mystery you immediately wanted to solve. Here it is again to refresh your memory:

The “iTablet” need not even be this long, but certainly the things we (geeks) would all want are addressed by a larger iPod Touch such as this:

  • larger screen with higher resolution
  • desktop powerful processing
  • plenty of physical space for a larger battery, more radios, flash memory, etc.
Some other examples of what the “iTablet” might be can be found here and here, with the latter being a report of it’s availability this month, as in therefore being announced at tomorrow’s scheduled Apple event.
A story that only involves the check box ticking the announcement of just another iPod Touch (now surely with camera and video capabilities) would be, seems unworthy of an Apple event? I think there’s “one more thing”, and I think it’s going to be Steve Jobs revealing to us the 2nd chapter in the story of the future of mobile computing.

I made this comment on a post at Nokia Experts about the new Nokia N900 already being available for preorder from NokiaUSA:

“I think it’s potentially big news that Nokia ISN’T apparently launching this in the US through T-Mobile. Why would they sale it unlocked themselves or announce that they will, if they had an agreement in place with T-Mobile? So then the question is did they have a deal such that they included the 1700 band radio and then the deal fell through? Or because they seem to finally be making in roads with AT&T, do they intend to save all smartphone versions with 850/1900 band support for that budding relationship (and Rogers)? And all unlocked versions will get 1700? It seems quite strange to me we haven’t seen an unlocked NAM E55 (with 850/1900) offically confirmed/announced yet? And is there anything official yet on the E72 definitely having 850/1900 at some point?”

I was hoping Nokia Expert Matt Miller would respond with either his own questions or a comforting dismissal of mine, but he hasn’t as of yet. It seems the iPhone scares away all potential competing platforms where AT&T is concerned, and I’m not sure I shouldn’t be getting truly frightened by this……come on Verizon, do AT&T a favor and give Apple an offer they can’t refuse would you?!

Nokia has never made an unlocked 3G smartphone for North America without AT&T/Rogers 3G bands and here’s why I care so much…….

So AT&T “blogger guy” Seth why discuss all the strain smartphone data usage puts on your network, then mention all the current and future network infrastructure improvements you’re making, and NOT mention, even if just briefly, the eventual availability of 3G Microcells and the network improvements they will surely bring?!

I think the most likely announcement of their availability will now likely be at the CTIA fall convention Oct 7-9 In the meantime here’s what Seth said instead of what he could have said…..