Posted 13 March 2009 - 02:16 PM
The item of most interest to me is the "3G always connected" capability the author mentions.
The success of the iPhone as a mobile Internet device gives Apple a lot of leverage with the 3G carriers in negotiating: who will provide the 3G service for this new device, and at what levels/costs.
I would not be surprised if Apple were able to offer this new device with 3G service provided by any one of multiple carriers... so you could sign up with the carrier you choose!
Or, an even more interesting possibility, the device would use all 3G carriers.
By this I mean the device would work on any carrier's network without contract, changing SIM cards, etc.
I can see several creative (and reasonable cost) ways that carrier service charges could be handled through the iTunes store.
So, with this new Apple device, you could access the Internet, anytime, anywhere and by any means (Cable/DSL, WiFi, 3G, etc.).
A true "take it with you everywhere" global game changer!