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Report: Verizon iPad, iPhone May Hit Testing Soon

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The Apple rumor mill is smoking at this point.

Last week, the rumor mill went into overdrive as reports of a Verizon-bound iPhone kicked up a couple of notches. Today, the latest is that the company could be ready to start field-testing a Verizon iPhone and a new iPad to boot.

A posting on Boy Genius Report cites Apple sources who point to code within iOS4 beta firmware that would allow for the bypass of iTunes activation on three new devices: iPhone3,2, iPhone 3,3, and iProd 2,1. BGR says these new devices are the much rumored CDMA iPhone and a new iPad (the first iPad was listed in code as iProd 1,1 in August 2009).

Way down deep within iOS 4 is a pretty intriguing block of code. Our source says that the code queries the device, and if the device is either a CDMA iPhone or iPad 2, the device will auto-activate, thus bypassing the need for iTunes. We’re told this block of code has appeared every year consecutively before a major iPhone / device release, removed right before launch. This allows the products to be field tested by carriers (or partners) without having to activate the handsets or devices.

BGR speculates that Apple may have included this code so that AT&T or other carriers watching activation logs won't see new partners taking new devices for a test drive.

Source: BGR

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    Pei-chen , August 17, 2010 11:58 PM
    Verizon still charges too much for their logo.
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    JMcEntegart , August 18, 2010 12:04 AM
    otacon72I think it's safe to say it's just a matter of time now. If Verizon had any sense they would get these devices out before the Holidays. But knowing how the world works we'll see the Verizon iPhone in January probably. If it has LTE and a new antenna design I'll probably pick one up.

    I'd say we might see a Verizon iPad in time for the holidays, but with AT&T's iPhone exclusivity contract supposedly running through until 2012, I have no idea how they'd get around that for a January 2011 launch. Then again, Verizon has snagged one of the keynote spots at CES in January so I don't really know what to think!
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    random_guy417 , August 18, 2010 1:59 AM
    Verizon still charges too much for their logo.

    Which is why they would be a perfect fit for Apple products.
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    otacon72 , August 18, 2010 2:49 AM
    Pei-chenVerizon still charges too much for their logo.

    Name one carrier that doesn't...
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    mr_tuel , August 18, 2010 5:16 AM
    Pei-chenVerizon still charges too much for their logo.

    ...and Apple doesn't?
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    ac21365 , August 18, 2010 5:35 AM
    Verizon would be wise to stick with Android.
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    fivewall , August 18, 2010 6:25 AM
    mr_tuel...and Apple doesn't?

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    dtm4trix , August 18, 2010 8:35 AM
    ac21365Verizon would be wise to stick with Android.

    I agree, Android has become a real viable alternative to Apple and with sales of Android phones out pacing iOS4, why would you want to dilute that? IMHO I think the droid phones have it all over the iPhone4. They have bigger screens, true multitasking and a host of other things that make Android more desirable. This is all subjective on my part but having owned an iPhone before i think I am qualified to make a judgement, others will disagree but, c'est la vie.
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    elkein , August 18, 2010 2:58 PM
    The point would be a jail broken Verizon Iphone works with yet other cdma carriers.
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    dredj , August 18, 2010 8:07 PM
    Where I live, Verizon has the best reception. Period. I don't care how nice my phone is, if I don't get reception where I need it then it's not worth a dollar. I have friends with both AT&T and Sprint and it's funny when they complain about how they can't look something up cause they lost data connection or whine from a dropped call.

    Seriously, I CAN. NOT. remember when I last had a dropped call.
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    eddieroolz , August 20, 2010 4:02 AM
    Or, considering that Apple named iPad 1.0 as iProd 1.1, iProd 2.1 can be - gasp - the next generation iPad, which is due in January.
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