There have been numerous reports, albeit unconfirmed, that Verizon Wireless is going to introduce a version of the Apple iPhone in January. One market analyst, however, believes the debut will actually be several months later.
AT&T has been the exclusive provider of Apple’s popular smartphone since the first version debuted in 2007, but that agreement is supposedly coming to an end.
Brian Marshall, an analyst with Gleacher & Co., claims to have been in contact with companies in Asia that are supplying parts for the CDMA version of the iPhone. He reports that this device is going to start shipping in March.
This conflicts with an earlier report that also cited Asian parts suppliers. That one said production of this smartphone is going to begin in December so that it can launch in January.
According to the New York Times, Verizon is going to be offering a version of the iPhone 4, the model that debuted from AT&T in June.
A Whole New Ballgame
Before the launch of the very first iPhone, an agreement was forged that made AT&T the sole U.S. provider for the device. As mentioned previously, quite a few unconfirmed reports have indicated that this deal is coming to an end soon.
In addition to the reports that is is headed for Verizon, T-Mobile is also supposedly getting Apple’s very popular smartphone.
On the other hand, there are still many who skeptical of these reports. They point out that Apple and AT&T’s exclusivity agreement isn’t supposed to end until 2012, and that rumors that a Verizon version of the iPhone is about to be released have cropped up time and again over the last few years.
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.