No Verizon iPhone 4G / HD at WWDC. But expect it in 2011

Verizon’s Wireless spokesman John Johnson effectively killed off any hope of the iPhone 4G / HD being announced as a new addition to their network during Steve Jobs’ keynote address at WWDC.

This news may surprise some who interpreted Steve Jobs’ comments in his own interview at D8 as him hinting that another network for the new iPhone 4G / HD might be a possibility, and admitting that it would be a good thing.

It is clear that Apple need to get their iPhone onto more networks in the US to compete with Androids more easy access to market. But first they need to address another problem.

That problem is that Apple doesn’t have the production capacity to support a roll out of the new iPhone 4G globally, and on two US networks at the same time. However, Apple are busy bringing more production capacity online for the iPhone 4G / HD. The hitch is that it is not up to speed yet.

In an interview with DigiTime’s senior analyst Ming-Chi Kuo last month details of Apple’s new production capacity were discussed. He had this to say:

Pegatron will indeed assemble an iPhone, but the manufacturing cooperation is still at the EVT (engineer verification test) stage. There are two more stages Ð DVT (design verification test) and PVT (process verification test) Ð before mass production. Though there were reports that shipments for this particular device will begin in the second half, we believe 2011 is more likely.

Putting two and two together in the tech rumour world doesn’t always yield four. But in this case it seems fairly obvious that Apple needs to go with another US network, in addition to AT&T. Steve Jobs is hinting at it, and Apple are doing something about it.

Verizon will be keen to not upset Apple at this sensitive stage, as concrete rumours of a Verizon launch may well stall sales of the iPhone 4G / HD, as people who are unhappy with AT&T hold off on buying waiting for more options..

Do you expect the iPhone 4G on Verizon this year or next? Or not at all? Have your say in the comments.

[DigiTimes interview]

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Stephen NorthcottNo Verizon iPhone 4G / HD at WWDC. But expect it in 2011
  • Ed

    My son and I will not ever use AT&T. We have been verizon users in the US west for years and will wait for a CDMA Verizon iphone.

  • One who proof reads

    To the author, it is clear you failed to proof read your article. It is becoming more and more frequent that “journalists” have lost this ability.

  • Steph

    With the release of the new that verizon will get the Iphone I think they will hold off, it was meant to be a complete shock for Verizon consumers, I am hoping they get it soon tho because my blackberry storm isnt doing as well as I hoped. PLEASE VERIZON GET THE IPHONE. APPLE YOU'D HAVE SO MUCH MORE BUSINESS.

  • kjk

    Bring the iPhone to verizon! That is my vote.

  • kjk

    Bring the iPhone to verizon! That is my vote.

  • kjk

    Bring the iPhone to verizon! That is my vote.

  • kjk

    Bring the iPhone to verizon! That is my vote.

  • Liam

    not at all
    verizon is too stuburn and have no idea of what costumers want

  • Brandon

    is he seriouse? doesnt verizon listen to its customers? we dont want andriod ! damn it ! we want the iphone. Android is nice, but is still to new to judge. Apples reliability would make a major impact with VERIZON. Please tell me this is a cover up and on the 7th we will finally get to see the iphone!

  • zach

    are they saying the iphone 4g wont be out til 2011 for both at&t and verizon or just verizon?

  • Bryan

    It looks like next year. I am so dissapointed in Jobs and Verizon for not getting this into the hands of Verizon customers. I would love to have an iPhone especially since the Android software is not near what it is cracked up to be, but I love my iPod Touch and iPad. Oh well, maybe were still in for a surprise on the 7th. I hope so.

  • Bryan

    It looks like next year. I am so dissapointed in Jobs and Verizon for not getting this into the hands of Verizon customers. I would love to have an iPhone especially since the Android software is not near what it is cracked up to be, but I love my iPod Touch and iPad. Oh well, maybe were still in for a surprise on the 7th. I hope so.

  • Bryan

    It looks like next year. I am so dissapointed in Jobs and Verizon for not getting this into the hands of Verizon customers. I would love to have an iPhone especially since the Android software is not near what it is cracked up to be, but I love my iPod Touch and iPad. Oh well, maybe were still in for a surprise on the 7th. I hope so.

  • Drew

    Verizon iPhone next year. This time next year (at WWDC) the Verizon iPhone will be announced. Until then, I will go to AT&T, the iPhone is worth it. I'm lucky enough to be a place where there is good coverage and a fairly small population, so the network here is fine.

  • Drew

    Verizon iPhone next year. This time next year (at WWDC) the Verizon iPhone will be announced. Until then, I will go to AT&T, the iPhone is worth it. I'm lucky enough to be a place where there is good coverage and a fairly small population, so the network here is fine.