The New York Times has piled on to the recent raft of Verizon iPhone rumors, reporting Friday that Apple and Verizon will be releasing an iPhone for Verizon’s network early in 2011. The newspaper’s piece closely matches other reports that have circulated recently from mainstream newspapers like The Wall Street Journal.
The Times cited yet another unnamed source, specifying that said source was not an Apple employee, saying, “Apple and Verizon will begin selling the phone early next year, said the person, who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity because the plans were supposed to be confidential and he did not want to alienate his contacts at Apple.”
Said source may or may not be different from the multiple sources cited by The Journal, but a consistent picture has been building that Apple is working on a CDMA version of the iPhone 4, and that it was being built for Verizon’s network, as opposed to China Mobile’s (much, much, much larger) CDMA network.
The Times intimated that Apple was concerned about Google’s Android OS and its growing market share. The article also suggested that the impending arrival of Windows 7 Mobilewhateveritscalledthisweek would post a competitive threat to Apple’s iPhone.
Needham & Co. analyst Charles Wolftold the newspaper, “Windows phones should not be dismissed. They will be a major player in the market.”
The first Windows 7 Mobilewhateveritscalledthisweek are scheduled to be released later this year.
We’ve taken the liberty of mocking up what an Verizon iPhone might look like.