The wait is probably almost over for the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) tablet while anticipation is starting to build for the first "Zune" phone, as Unstrung surveys what's shaking in the world of wireless devices:
Apple is expected to unveil its first-ever tablet device, likely called the iPad, on Wednesday, January 27. According to multiple reports, the vendor is expected to unveil the device at an event in San Francisco next Wednesday. Kaufman Bros. LP analyst Shaw Wu put a slight damper on the nerdy ardor for this tablet. He suggests the tablet will only support WiFi for wireless connectivity and may not ship until June.
Meanwhile, another analyst, Katherine Egbert from Jefferies & Co. Inc. , is predicting that Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) will follow Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Nexus One and produce a phone under its own brand. Egbert is predicting that Redmond will introduce a multimedia heavyweight at either Mobile World Congress in February or the CTIA Show in March.
Talking of Google's Nexus One, there have been some complaints about patchy 3G performance from the new phone. There is apparently an easy fix for the 3G issues, according to jkOnTheRun: Simply set the phone to automatically register with the preferred 3G network, which is T-Mobile US Inc. in this case.
A tri-mode WiMax phone in the works from Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) was first revealed on this very site awhile back. Now details appear to be firming up: The device is reportedly an Android-based device supporting CDMA, WiMax, and WiFi, made by High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) and code-named "Supersonic." Sprint's WiMax partner, Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR), has said it doesn't expect to see a WiMax smartphone on the market much before the end of the year.
Outside of all these expected launches, device-makers Apple and Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), meanwhile, continue their legal wranglings. The iPhone maker has followed Nokia's recent complaint to the International Trade Commission in the U.S. with its own complaint to the same body. (See Nokia's New Patent Complaint.)
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