The latest major news source to report that the Apple iPhone is heading for Verizon Wireless is the New York Times.
Citing an unnamed source who had supposedly been briefed by Apple, the NYT reported that AT&T’s long-held lock on the popular iOS-based smartphone will be coming to an end early next year.
This will supposedly be a version of the iPhone 4, the model that debuted from AT&T in June.
The Android Factor
Before the launch of the very first iPhone, an agreement was forged that made AT&T the sole U.S. provider for this model. In the last few months, quite a few unconfirmed reports have indicated that this deal is coming to an end soon.
These reports are controversial, as many have pointed out that Apple’s and AT&T’s exclusivity agreement isn’t supposed to be over until 2012.
Still, many analysts have pointed out that Apple needs to make its smartphone more widely available if it expects to compete with devices running Android OS. Models like the Motorola Droid X and HTC EVO 4G have sold very well this year, and all the products running Google’s operating system are now outselling the iPhone in the U.S.
Overview of the Apple iPhone 4
Apple’s fourth-generation smartphone is a significant upgrade from the previous one, starting with its 3.5-inch, 640 x 960 touchscreen, a much higher resolution than any iPhone has offered before.
It has a new slimmer design and runs iOS 4.1, the latest version of Apple’s operating system, on a 1 GHz Apple A4 processor.
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.
The iPhone 4 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.
This smartphone has 3G wireless networking, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.