A new Apple patent application suggests the company is working on a wireless transceiver accessory that would allow devices such as the iPad Wi-Fi and iPod touch to access cellular networks. Entitled “Accessory Transceiver for Mobile Devices,” the application describes a transceiver that can connect to a mobile device via either a cord or wirelessly, and could support functions such as telephony, SMS, e-mail, and web access, via a cellular, Wi-Fi, satellite, or WiMAX network. In another embodiment, the device itself contains a transceiver, and the accessory is used to access a second network. [via]
Apple patent points to iPod touch wireless accessory
Charles Starrett was a senior editor at iLounge. He's been covering the iPod, iPhone, and iPad since their inception. He has written numerous articles and reviews, and his work has been featured in multiple publications.