Update: Hyperlink left a comment below pointing out that they are a master agent for postpaid AT&T and Sprint and that Apple's appearance at their event is to support the postpaid part of their business. I now think it is unlikely that we will see a prepaid Apple product anytime soon.HyperLink USA is a big East Coast Wholesaler of Boost, Virgin Mobile and PayLo phones as well as Top Up PINs for many prepaid carriers. Today they posted the image shown above on their website.
Obviously intended for Hyper Link's cell phone dealer customers, it announces a trade show and open house at Hyper Link headquarters on April 12th. where "Your local Apple support team will be in attendance.. offering you a very unique look at some exciting new products"
The PDF announcement was posted on the open web with no password required to view it. A sharp eyed Howard Forums' reader saw it and shared it on the high traffic forum for search engines and all the world to see.
This might mean that the iPhone is coming to Boost and/or Virgin. Then again it might be something as mundane as a new point of sale product for mobile dealers that runs on Apple computers.
If it is an iPhone it won't be cheap. The full un-subsidized price of the least expense iPhone 4S is $649. The older iPhone 4 starts at $549. Apple's margin on these things is huge so they might cut the price a little to encourage prepaid sales and Sprint might kick in a small subsidy, but I'd be very surprised to see a prepaid iPhone for any less than $450.
Another possibility is an iPad, which is Sprint doesn't currentlyhave. iPads are sold at full price without a contract and AT&T and Verizon said prepaid date for their 3G iPads. It would made sense for independent Boost and Sprint dealers to sell top up PINs for a Sprint iPad. Possibly Apple and Sprint will even allow qualified dealers to sell actual iPads.
We may know more as soon as this Wednesday, March 7 at 10 AM PST. That's when Apple is holding a press event in San Francisco where rumor has it they will announce the iPad 2's successor. Apple is good at keeping secrets and likes to make surprise "one more thing" product announcements at these events. Will one more thing be a prepaid iPhone or iPad? While Prepaid Phone News wasn't invited to the Apple event we will be following along with the live blogs from Engadget, IntoMobile, The Verge and other tech sites, and if there is any prepaid related news you will see it here.
Update 7-Mar-2012: The new iPad with Retina display, 4G LTE, and improved camera has been announced. Still not available with Sprint mobile support let alone Boost or Virgin Mobile.
Source: Howard Forums