Take this rumor for what it’s worth, but according to a “credible” source for MacDailyNews, Apple will be releasing an LTE enabled Verizon iPhone shortly after Christmas. The source claims that the VZW iPhone has been “100% cooked for quite a while”, and is already being sent to Verizon’s warehouses.
There is little doubt that a Verizon iPhone will be released in 2011, but the biggest question is whether or not it will be 4G-ready. It’s not like Apple to invest in a technology that isn’t completely mainstream, and their hesitation to support 3G is evidence of that. There could be pressure from competing Android phones or carriers to bring the technology into more customer’s hands, but it’s not in Apple’s nature to alienate users (who may not live in 4G regions).
The odd timing is supposedly due to an agreement between Apple, AT&T, and Verizon to maximize the number of AT&T iPhone sales for the holidays.
Read on for the full list of claims.
According to a source we believe to be familiar with the matter:
• Verizon held management training for iPhone sales last week
• Verizon had functioning iPhones (LTE-capable) in management hands for the training sessions
• Formal announcement coming right “after christmas”, was
• The formal announcement of the iPhones Verizon debut is coming right after Christmas; “Apparently ATT’s final demand so as to maximize ATT’s Christmas iPhone sales”
• The Verizon iPhone will be immediately available upon formal announcement
• Device has been “100% cooked for quite a while” and already shipping in bulk to Verizon warehouses
• The Verizon iPhone is not being shipped to any 3rd-party retailers in an effort to control leaks
• Verizon agreed to take 100% responsibility for security, so all the devices will be in their hands until the official announcement date, and they will then distribute thru channels in massive manner (hence early stockpiling)
• The new iPhone is an LTE device and that fact – the only “LTE iPhone,” exclusive to Verizon – will be the main marketing theme; i.e. “For the new ’4G’ (cough) verizon network” that Verizon has already started promoting
• As rollout of LTE not actually widepsread, Verizon iPhone will have multi-band chip backward compatibility with regular CDMA
• iPhone 5 was planned to debut in summer as LTE-only, for all contracted carriers, but the clock is ticking and nobody thinks either Verizon or AT&T can get to critical mass to offer an LTE-only version
• Steve Jobs is said to be upset that carriers cannot seem to get their LTE act together more quickly
• Apple is “helping” U.S. carriers (money?) to build out LTE more quickly
MacDailyNews Note: The above information is from a sole source that we believe to be credible, but should be treated as rumor, since we cannot independently confirm the information at this time.