Verizon has announced a media event for Tuesday, January 11th in New York City. Speculation has been rampant that the event will be used to announce the iPhone coming to the U.S.’s largest carrier, and now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a confidential source has confirmed this to be the case.
The Journal didn’t specify who the source is or how the source knows, but the story has all the hallmarks we’ve long associated with controlled leaks, a favorite tactic believed to be employed by Apple.
The invitation (below) has been sent to members of the Mac press, including staff at The Mac Observer and our friend Jim Dalrymple of Loop Insight. This lends credence to the idea that the event will be iPhone-related, as opposed to, say, some new Android gadget or another.
Verizon’s invitation does not mention Apple or the iPhone, and the event is being presented by Lowell McAdam, president and COO of Verizon Communications Inc. In addition, the event is being held at Rockefeller Center in New York — if it is an iPhone for Verizon, these things combine to suggest that Apple CEO Steve Jobs will not be on hand for the announcement, a rare occurrence for an Apple product announcement.