Yet another major news source is reporting that the iPhone 4 is heading for Verizon Wireless. Fortune Magazine says Apple’s very popular smartphone is coming to “Big Red” in the first quarter of next year.
Back in 2005, Verizon and Apple were unable to come to an agreement that would have brought the iPhone to Verizon in 2007. Instead, it went to AT&T. However, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg and Apple chief Steve Jobs have supposedly reached an agreement that will bring this device to a second U.S. carrier in the coming months.
This will supposedly be a version of the iPhone 4, the model that debuted from AT&T in June.
Neither Apple nor Verizon has officially announced a deal yet, but there have been persistent reports in the media that it’s just a matter of time. This includes one from the New York Times.
Good News, Bad News
AT&T has been the sole U.S. provider for Apple’s smartphone for several years now, and it has been both a boon and a curse.
The iPhone’s popularity has brought droves of new subscribers to AT&T, but the carrier’s Wireless Data network has often been unable to keep up with demand.
If Verizon starts offering this device, many are wondering if its data network will also be overwhelmed by the predicted millions of new subscribers.
Overview of the Apple iPhone 4
This smartphone has an 3.5-inch, 960 x 640 touchscreen, giving it a higher resolution display than any of its competitors. It also one of the first with a front-facing camera, allowing users to make video calls.
The iPhone 4 runs iOS 4.1, the latest version of Apple’s operating system, on a 1 GHz Apple A4 processor.
There is a large array of third-party software available: 300,000 apps at last count. A good percentage of these are games, but there are also productivity apps as well as a wide range of utilities.
The iPhone 4 comes in two configurations: a version with 16 GB of storage costs $200 from AT&T and one with 32 GB goes for $300.
This smartphone has a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with a flash, as well as support for recording 720p video at 30 frames per second. In addition, it includes a small front-facing camera for video chatting with an app called FaceTime.
It also has 3G wireless networking, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.