Last night we reported that Verizon was in talks with Apple about bringing the iPhone over to their 4g network next year. Now BusinessWeek has information about two brand-new iPhone descendants that might hit the market under the wide umbrella of Verizon's network.
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One of the new phones looks like a smaller, thinner iPhone, and is rumored to be a 'media pad' in the same vein as the Kindle. BusinessWeek says that this Apple pad will be less bulky than the Kindle, even though it will have a larger screen size. Either of these new Apple phones could be hitting the stores as early as this summer, if Verizon and Apple can come to an agreement in time.
This isn't the first time the two corporations have cozied up to each other. Before Apple signed on with AT&T they were in talks to make Verizon the sole service provider for the iPhone. Although Verizon lost out on hosting the iPhone, they might have a chance to recoup their losses if this new deal materializes.
No one knows consumer media gadgets like Apple. This new media-pad they have in development could be huge. Amazon's Kindle has met with mixed success, but the potential market for such a device remains huge. If Apple can deliver a superior (and more practical) pad for media browsing they have a chance to burst the market wide open.
Verizon would be the perfect service provider for a Kindle-killer. They already have a reputation for having the largest and most reliable service net in the country. With 86 million subscribers plus the untold millions of Apple junkies that already exist the new Apple media pad would have a huge potential market.
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There are also rumors that Apple may be developing a CDMA version of the iPhone to sell through Verizon. This would be big news for both companies, but the expense of developing such a product makes it unlikely. Whatever happens, there are certain to be more iPhone leaks as Apple gets ready to release their new media pad. We'll keep you updated as more information arises.