The Verizon iPhone, an iPhone Plus of sorts.
All of the pundits are chiming in yet again with Verizon iPhone rumors, but the latest chatter seems to be gaining traction. Supposedly, production is ready to begin on a new Cuppertino wunderphone that packs the CDMA chipset required to run on Big Red's network set to become available in Q1 2011. One pressing question still remains in my mind. What type of iPhone is it?
Along with the Verizon rumor, The Wall Street Journal also reported that the iPhone 5 was already in development. My assumption is that the iPhone 5 is not the device the wireless giant is going to be getting its hands on. The Verizon version is going to be an iPhone with some tweaks, an iPhone Plus if you will. The most likely difference will be a revamped antenna. I could not imagine a deal being agreed upon without this stipulation in place. The next addition could be a new A4 chip to power the device, possibly 1.2GHz. The new chip is likely to be included with the next iPad, so itís within reason to speculate that it is already lurking in the pipeline. Those two changes are the only ones that jump out to me as obvious inclusions.
Even with the news that Verizon is going to light up its fancy new LTE 4G network in the major markets by end of 2010, itís highly unlikely that this will be part of the new iPhone. I realize that Verizonís CEO has stated that the iPhone probably wouldnít arrive until 4G was operational, but thatís not really the game Apple plays. Remember the original iPhone? That was an EDGE device. The main reason for that decision was AT&T 3G network at the time. The rollout wasnít at a point where it could handle the data traffic and service the majority of markets. The same thing applies to Verizonís 4G network. Apple is one of the greatest marketing companies we have ever seen. They arenít going to be touting a service on one of their smartphones that most of their customer base doesnít have access to.
So what about the iPhone 5? Thatís probably still going to incubate for a while before it is released upon the masses. LeBron James thought he experienced backlash from his decision, could you imagine if Verizon got the iPhone 5 less than a year after the after the fourth generation was released? A brigade headed by AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega would probably come pounding on Steve Jobsí door with pitchforks and axes.
Let me know what you guys think. Am I on the right track here or do I have it all wrong? One thing is for sure, if this thing is for real, Iím ready to watch those so-called Android fanboys eat crow after they make the jump to iOS goodness.