It's the TV wars, but you know what? It's a repeat of the phone wars we've been seeing for some time. Google has decided to forge ahead into realms Apple pioneered. Who will come out on top? Competition is good for the market and for the consumer, so let's see some innovating.
You may recall that last month, we spread word of the scuttlebutt surrounding the possibility of a CDMA iPhone making a debut by the end of the year. At the time, Susquehanna Financial Group told us that a number of overseas suppliers had assured them that they'd been asked by Apple to meet the components necessary for a CDMA handset with a release date in early 2011.
Yesterday, Mac|Life's Matthew Tillman brought us the news that Verizon wasn't about to corroborate any rumors of any new Apple hardware on their network, stating that any iPhone news would come from Apple. It's our normal practice to advise you not to look at an Apple rumor too closely, but with a non-denial coming from the apex of Verizon's management, coupled with another credible source spinning the same yarn, it might be worth while to spend some time giving the possibility of a Apple-branded CDMA handset a long glazed-over stare.
Regardless if we see the iPhone on Verizon's network or not, one can't help but drool just a tad at the 5 to 12Mbps down and 2 to 5Mbps up that Verizon's upcoming LTE can offer by year's end. We can only help but wonder how our iPhones might be perform on a network like that. Lest we forget though too, that AT&T's version is right around the corner next year. At any rate, for our Verizon users, 4G is coming to a cell tower near you. Only, if you live in a certain 38 cities though, such as:
A Verizon exec addressed The Wall Street Journal story today about a Verizon iPhone by the end of the year, saying that essentially any news about any sort of a thing would have to come from Apple, not Verizon. Perhaps Verizon is getting tired of Verizon rumors?
Verizon Wireless started its new Trade-In Program today, allowing you to send in your old device to score a Verizon Wireless gift card for the amount of the appraised device. And oddly enough, they are accepting iPhones as a part of this trade-in program, too. This means you to send in your iPhone 4 32GB model and get $212 gift card.
Well, Autumn is officially here, gang, the beginning of the long indoor season if you live in a cold and rainy part of the country (hello, Seattle!). While the Mac|Life staff will be kicking back with 80 degree weather this week, some of the rest of you might be cuddled up indoors, listening to the rain, reading on your iPads, watching a movie or two, or at least fighting with some Angry Birds. Here's a full dose of our best of the week to help you make the most of your rainy days.
We want to believe, we really do. However, with each passing day and every new rumor it gets harder and harder to keep the faith. The iPhone has been shackled to AT&T for so long that fathoming the notion of the handset on another network without jailbreaking is becoming harder and harder. We're sure it will happen eventually, but when? Susquehanna Financial Group believe they may have an answer to this vexing question.
Does AT&T still see iPhone exclusivity in their crystal ball? Well, based on some comments from their Emerging Devices head, the company plans on moving forward with their plans, with, or without iPhone exclusivity in tow.
There were light fingers this week; there was at least one snowy white iPhone 4 in the Great White North; there were apps galore; emails from Steve; more incredible impossible hard-to-credit stuff from Piper Jaffray, which seems to specialize in pixie dust and random guessing; and there was Google and Verizon, trying to make us hate them more than we hate AT&T. Oh yeah, there was also Mac|Life, where all of this makes sense.
There are a few TV apps already out there, such as AT&T's U-Verse, but so far they've been optimized just for the iPhone. Well now, iPad owners will have an app for TV too, brought to you by Verizon. Today, the company revealed a series of video apps, including one that lets FiOS subscribers watch what they get on TV on their tablets. The app is slated for release early next year.
Unfortunately, there will be a few limitations. To make sure users are paying for what they get, subscribers can only watch linear programming on their iPad at home. The app will essentially be streaming content from your FiOS set top box to your iPad.