Verizon iPhone Releases First Quarter of 2011? No Really!


Another day and yet another Verizon iPhone rumor. WSJ has been reliable in the past with regards to Apple rumors and with the way they sounded on yesterday’s article, they seem to be really really sure about it:

Apple plans to begin mass producing the new iPhone by the end of the year, and it would be released in the first quarter of 2011, these people said. The phone would resemble the iPhone 4 currently sold by AT&T, but would be based on an alternative wireless technology used by Verizon, these people said.

The long rumored Verizon iPhone will be a CDMA iPhone obviously, to work with Verizon’s network. Soon after WSJ published their article regarding this rumor, TechCrunch suggested this maybe yet another “controlled” leak from Apple thus offering truth to the WSJ story.

Michael Siegler uses three distinct device rumors/Apple keynote announcements to support their theory regarding this leak:

  1. WSJ suggested the iPad would cost around $1000. At the iPad keynote, Steve Jobs announced the device would start at $500 surprising everyone.
  2. During antennagate, everyone quickly assumed Apple was to recall all iPhone 4s. WSJ quickly ran a story days before the antennagate conference saying Apple will NOT be recalling any devices.
  3. Last year, when Apple has launched their most successful product ever, the iPhone 3GS, WSJ again broke the news that Steve Jobs had undergone a successful liver transplant.

What’s the common denominator among all three stories? Yukari Iwatani Kane, the writer of all three stories INCLUDING yesterday’s Verizon iPhone story.

Now you can say this is pushing the issue too much, but you have to wonder. Is this just coincidence or something more? I personally would like Verizon and Apple to just go ahead and release the device. After all, this means competition for AT&T and maybe, just maybe, they’d finally get their act together.

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