If an analyst from Canaccord Adams is to be believed, next Wednesday Apple CEO Steve Jobs will not only unveil the fabled tablet, but cap it off with “two more things” -- one of which is an announcement that Verizon is getting the iPhone in June.
Another day, another rumor: Today it comes courtesy of Barron’s Tech Trader Daily, where Eric Savitz reports on a prediction made this morning by Canaccord Adams analyst Peter Misek. Like everyone else, Misek believes that the Apple tablet will be announced on Jan. 27, and that Steve Jobs will infamously announce his “one last thing,” which will be iPhone OS 4.0.
However, the analyst thinks Jobs will surprise everyone with a bonus round “one more thing” in the form of an announcement that Verizon will be added to the iPhone carrier stable beginning in June, with the fourth generation of the handset.
Misek is basing his predictions on information that Apple’s supply chain is already preparing for mass production of a new iPhone to ship “late in the calendar second quarter” -- which is historically when Cupertino launches its refreshed handsets. The juicier part of his prediction is that the new device will include support for Verizon’s CDMA network, as well as for the European GSM and HSPA standards. The new handset, which Misek refers to as “the 4GS,” will also gain LTE support in June, 2011.
In keeping with yesterday’s leak about what iPhone OS 4.0 may bring us, Misek also concurs that the revamped OS will include system-wide multi-touch gestures, multitasking, simpler navigation and a new way to sync contacts & calendar apps. The analyst also agrees that support for the first-generation iPhone will be dropped, marking the end of an era.