“The Verizon iPhone rumor is as old as the iPhone itself. So whenever anyone trots it out, you take it with a grain of salt. It’s like The Beatles coming to iTunes. It will happen eventually, but who knows when,” MG Siegler reports for TechCrunch. “That said, today’s Wall Street Journal report about Verizon readying to launch the iPhone in early 2011 has all the makings of a good old Apple-controlled leak once again. And so it may be time to really believe.”
Siegler reports, “Now, I of course don’t know for sure that Apple fed WSJ this story — but let’s look at the recent history…”
MacDailyNews Note: Siegler then recounts a litany of Apple reports, each of whose timing worked in Apple’s favor and turned out to be true.
Siegler reports, “Each was authored or co-authored by WSJ reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane. And guess who co-authored today’s Verizon iPhone story as well? Yep.”
“This is actually the second Verizon iPhone rumor Kane has reported in recent months. But the first one, in March, was careful not to specifically say that Verizon would be getting the iPhone — just that Apple was working on a CDMA version of the device,” Siegler reports. “All indications are that this is true, and has been true for some time — we’ve heard the same thing. But that story may have just been to whet people’s appetite with the hint of Verizon. Today’s is the meat.”
Siegler reports, “And interestingly enough, the original version of today’s story said the exact same thing: just that a CDMA version of the iPhone was coming. It was later changed to specifically name Verizon as the provider it would appear on. Some people weren’t getting the message clearly enough, it seems.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: We said as much earlier this morning here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jax44” for the heads up.]