Report: Verizon to Get Apple iPhone Lite, Tablet

One of the many Mac-tablet mock-ups doing the rounds.One of the many Mac-tablet mock-ups doing the rounds.Citing people familiar with the matter, USA Today yesterday reported that Apple and Verizon are discussing the possible development of an iPhone for Verizon with the goal of introducing it next year. While we conceded that it wasn’t entirely impossible, the fact that Verizon’s LTE 4G network isn’t being rolled out to the following year would mean Apple would have to develop an iPhone specifically for Verizon, which we decided was pretty unlikely.

Today BusinessWeek reports that it has learned of two completely new iPhone-like devices that may be distributed by Verizon wireless, depending on how current discussions pan out.

According to the report, one of these devices is like an “iPhone Lite,” however not much more details were offered aside from the fact that it will be different to what AT&T currently offers. The second device is slightly more interesting and is described as a "media pad" that would enable users to listen to music, view photos, and watch high-definition videos. Aside from being a sort of all-in-one media device, it would also allow users to place calls over WiFi.

BusinessWeek goes on to detail that Verizon Wireless CEO, Lowell McAdam, confirmed that the company has spoken with Apple executives, claiming that he himself has spoken to Steve Jobs, "in the last six months." Despite McAdam’s refusal to divulge any more information on the talks, BW cites two people familiar with the subject who say discussions covered the new smaller iPhone-like device under development. Those same sources say we could see one of the two as early as this summer.

We’re still skeptical but it seems to fit in with recent reports regarding an Apple tablet and several new iPhones in June (as opposed to just one new device). Along with the fact that it would mean millions of new customers for Apple, this would mean would-be iPhoners would have to choose between this new iPhone Lite/iPhone Tablet and the new iPhone to be released on AT&T.

Check out the full story on BusinessWeek and let us know what you think.

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  • I cannot wait for the iToilet. Then you will be able to place your money directly in the bowl and flush it without having to leave the house. Upon purchasing the iToilet, Apple will reroute your plumbling directly to a new wing at Apple headquarters call iBank. Each time they receive your iDonation, Apple will send you an iTard app for whatever iDevice you specify. Whenever you activate iTard it will start playing very loudly the following sound..."DUH!!!" This will alert anyone within earshot that an Apple cult member is on the way and will give them ample time to vacate the area and hide their children.
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  • Yet another thing to pay +200 dollars for because of apple tax.

    Joy.

    Lets see, we have ipod, ipod nano... itouch, iphone and now the itablet or whatever.

    Can apple not just make ONE product that does it all? oh, wait, that's right I forgot about the apple tax.

    Sorry, but this is getting ridiculous IMO..

    [/rant}
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  • my question is wether or not that tablet device would run snow leopard or some version of the iphone OS. the way they portray it here makes it look like an iphone OS, but if your going to have it do all that why not just throw the regular mac OS X on it? I wanna put windows 7 on it and see how that would go, though if they go with an ARM type archetecture for the hardware then the iphone OS might be the only option other than open source
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  • I cannot wait for the iToilet. Then you will be able to place your money directly in the bowl and flush it without having to leave the house. Upon purchasing the iToilet, Apple will reroute your plumbling directly to a new wing at Apple headquarters call iBank. Each time they receive your iDonation, Apple will send you an iTard app for whatever iDevice you specify. Whenever you activate iTard it will start playing very loudly the following sound..."DUH!!!" This will alert anyone within earshot that an Apple cult member is on the way and will give them ample time to vacate the area and hide their children.
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