Apple CEO Steve Jobs officially took the wraps off the iPhone 4 yesterday, and to the dismay of many said nothing about a version for Verizon. Instead, AT&T will be the exclusive provider of this smartphone when it debuts later this month.
Verizon customers, don’t be disappointed. Apple is following the exact path industry insiders had predicted. Even though there was no mention of Verizon during yesterday’s event, this carrier is still expected to release the iPhone 4 in a few months.
AT&T Practically Confirmed It
An announcement Steve Jobs made yesterday all but confirmed to me that Verizon is getting the iPhone 4 at some point before the end of the year. AT&T is going to allow all of its customers who will qualify for a device subsidy at any point this year to buy the iPhone 4 at the subsidized price on launch day.
Normally, a customer qualifies for a subsidy every two years, but AT&T is going to waive up to 6 months of waiting time. It’s obvious to me that the carrier wants as many people as possible to buy an iPhone 4 now, before Verizon offers its version.
Coming This Fall
According to information leaking out of Verizon, its version of the iPhone is still in testing and won’t be available until this fall.
One unconfirmed report indicated that Verizon’s version will support the 4G wireless networking service LTE, and the carrier is holding off releasing its version of the iPhone until it can get its LTE network up and running. This seems like a long-shot — Verizon has said its first 4G-enabled phone won’t be out until mid-2011 — but it’s possible.
Overview of the Apple iPhone 4
Apple’s fourth-generation smartphone is going to be a significant upgrade from the current one, starting with its 3.5-inch, 640 x 960 touchscreen, a much higher resolution than any previous iPhone has offered.
It’s going to have a new slimmer design and run iOS 4.0, the latest version of Apple’s operating system, on a 1 GHz Apple A4 processor. This will be the first version of Apple’s mobile OS with support for multitasking.
The iPhone 4 will have a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with a flash and support for recording 720p video at 30 frames per second. In addition, it’s going to include a small front-facing camera for video chatting with an app called FaceTime.
Not everything is being improved: despite expectations, Apple’s upcoming smartphone will have the same amount of storage capacity as the current one.
The Apple iPhone 4 will be available from AT&T on June 24. The Verizon release is expected several months later.
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