UPDATED: Two new iPhones coming, with one for Verizon?

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UPDATED: Two new iPhones coming, with one for Verizon?
It seems like we can't go a month, let alone a week, without hearing another rumor about an iPhone that is supposedly headed for Verizon Wireless. But this time around it appears to be a bit more credible. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is currently developing two iPhone models. People briefed on the matter said the first would be a successor to the current iPhone 3G S, maintaining the AT&T GSM relationship, and would be manufactured by Taiwanese contract manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co for a release later this year, as they've produced all previous iPhones for Apple and AT&T. The second model will be based on CDMA (hence Verizon), and will be manufactured by Pegatron Technology Corp, which is the manufacturing subsidiary of Taiwan's ASUSTeK Computer Inc. One of the people familiar with the situation said Pegatron Technology Corp is scheduled to start mass producing the Verizon CDMA iPhones in September, but it was unclear when Apple might make the model available for Verizon. Analysts estimate AT&T pays Apple more than $600 per iPhone, but sells most of them for $199 or less with contract, and heavy iPhone use have also put an enormous load on AT&T's wireless network, pushing the carrier to a breaking point in some markets such as New York and San Francisco. Because of these two issues, people aren't sure how much Verizon is willing to subsidize for each iPhone, like AT&T does, and even if the Verizon Network could handle an influx of heavy-data iPhone users. Because of this, Apple and Verizon may wait until LTE customer-deployment starts at year's end before making an official announcement, as both companies are keeping the whole thing under-wraps.

UPDATE: Things seem to get even more interesting now with Engadget reporting that the new iPhone, possibly named iPhone HD, might get announced on June 22. But what that HD might stand there for? According to John Gruber of Daring Fireball, the new iPhone will be equipped with the iPad's 1GHz Apple A4 chipset (we have heard rumors of this), and a display with a resolution of 960x640 pixels, which, of course, would be awesome, but is still not HD... In addition, it may also bring iPhone OS 4.0 with capabilities to multitask 3rd party applications like Palm's webOS, which is probably the best multitasking OS out there.



source: WSJ via FoxNews

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62 Comments

62. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

You guys should all just give in to the Palm Pre. It's the best phone on the market. Just go get one. Listen to the Best of CES 2009 award, Phone Arenas 9.9/10, Phone News 2010 Phone of the Year, G4s 5 out of 5, Laptop Magazines March Madness Champion. Android sucks, take this from a guy who has had a G1 for a year now and does nothing but make phone calls on it. It doesn't compare to a Pre.

60. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i would never buy any apple products.

59. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Man the iphone verizon mess is getting pretty pathetic, i don't even think verizon even cares about the iphone they are already on top who cares...really

49. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Ahh if we listen quietly we can hear AT&T crying...

54. droidman

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

You bet they are this is going to devastate Att Vzw is the bigdog a lot of people don't like att and will they lose a lot of business vzw will takeover they know make money their sharks.

39. 1eye4u

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 17, 2009

poor AT&T, doing all of Apple's bidding and waiting on it's hands and knees for that exclusivity contract extension or renewal. All the while AT&T stiff armed Android. They came out with a lame backFLIP with an outdated version of Android. AT&T should have come out slugging with discounted phones like the Motorola's Milestone, Nexus1, HTC Incredible, etc etc. Hope it's not too late that Verizon gets it all. iPhone, Android and then Windows 7. poor AT&T still waiting while the whole world passes it by....

48. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

crApple is twisting their sack too hard to offer any good deals like that...or get any good phones for that matter besides a crippled android...

35. dha_george

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

well atleast it is from a credible source for a change. I think a cdma iphone would be great for everyone. I love my iphone and i am sure the people who pick one up who have verizon will love it too. and at&t will have to pull their heads out of their butts and actually do something about their limited 3g coverage and getting LTE live a little quicker.

27. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

This is all cool and what, but I'm wondering, if they do make a CDMA version, why would they only make a version of an existing model, while coming out w/ a new GSM version? Over on Engadget, the assumption was that at&t could very well be the exclusive carrier of the new model, while Vzw gets a nice CDMA version. It's only an assumption, but it sounded kinda pointless to me. Anyway, while this has once again brought out the fanboys and haters [how we love thee], I'm kinda excited. And maybe it's just my taste, but I'm a bit more excited about this news than I was about the EVO. I'm a minimalistic kinda guy, so I'm not a fan of screen sizes over 3.7'', specifically for phones. Back to the topic, that whole rumor of a front facing cam, how's that gonna work out, and will at&t change up their video share service for actual one on one video calls? Video share is cool, but it's not true video calling, seeing how only one party can actually see the other. A bunch of questions a bunch of questions!

26. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Maybe Verizon will end up getting bucked with this... Think about it...CDMA iPhone....Sprint has "Big Announcement" for employees? Could it happen?

28. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Maybe the big announcement is the upcoming launch of the EVO?

30. JocularJester

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 28, 2009

right, like sprint would release an iphone this soon after announcing the evo 4g. the two phones, awesome in their own rights, would be in direct competition of one another and i highly doubt sprint wants to deal with an inner conflict right now as they try to rebuild the sprint name, lineup, and name. IF sprint releases an iphone, it wont happen for a while and when the hype is not directed at one of their other hot devices.

32. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Inner conflict? It's SALES AND NEW CUSTOMERS! Nothing else really matters, IMO.

33. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

artz1986- Yea thats big but everyone already knows about that...

37. Sellcell

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

The only reason there is so much hype about Iphones is because it was the 1st touchscreen phone with descent app and actually set the bar for all the other manufactures. Honestly, when it comes to android verse iphone it's all personal preference. You will see the iphone being offered through all carriers eventually and you can expect it to be done this time next year. Don't be surprised to seeing the iphone hit Sprint this fall. Just like cars, some people drive Chevy and some drive Ford.

25. phonatik

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 09, 2009

how can you say the Evo 4g is the best thing out there if it hasn't even come yet...!!! On paper it looks like a great device, but wait and see if it actually lives up to it's hype! Also lets not forget, it's also coming to Sprint... C'mon Sprint!?!?!?!?

44. ecml

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

Yea Sprint isn't a good service (in my opionion) so I just think they're bringing a good phone to a terrible service, but it'll benifit Sprint, but how much do you think Sprint will charge for it anyways, they're aren't that cheap lol.

23. fsjon

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 03, 2009

Can HTC sue Apple for using the HD moniker??

29. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Zune HD, Omnia HD, Instinct HD?

21. Mali Mal

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

im so sick the IPhone... the OS is horrible and very boring. i had it and cancelled after 5 months, not only dod the network suck but so did the phone, dont get me wrong its great for an ipod but other than that i cant mess with it. Sprint Evo 4G is the best thing around!

31. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

omg sprint customers are so annoying... cant wait till the rest of the networks launch an actual 4g network that isnt cheap and run by a garbage company so all these sprint customers that think they are specail will shut the hell up!

53. jbroots3

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2010

^ what a d-bag new yorker. just because they stole some pre-summer hype from your company doesnt mean its a garbage network. you have a garbage attitude. id rather not pay for ATT's clogged network.

18. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

If Verizon gets an iPhone the Droid will not sell well... Verizon will also get back customers who left just for the phone.

20. kdlj

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 23, 2009

i agree.

36. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Unfortunately...that is a very true statement.

38. Gowireless

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 23, 2010

i dont see that the droid is a better phone even if we do get the iphone droid well still be a hot phone for verizon

47. droidman

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

Well by the time this iPhone hits the Droid 2 should be out soon after and better it just like the Droid did to the 3gs I know because I've owned both but I agree the iPhone will sell better because all the public knows is the iPhone their not like us they don't know anything about phones they just follow trend.

15. CHEFJEFF

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

F**K the iPhone and Steve Jobs! I'm waiting for a Verizon branded EVO 4G. iPhone is old news.

16. Jango_Fred

Posts: 58; Member since: Dec 17, 2008

Not sure about you...but I have trouble referring to a phone with 960x640 resolution as "Old news"

13. platayin

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 14, 2008

just can't see the iphone coming to verizon this year unless it has a 4g chip in it and coincides with verizon's LTE plans.

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