By Harry McCracken | Friday, October 8, 2010 at 7:40 pm
Both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times now say there will be a Verizon iPhone early next year. It’ll be astounding if it doesn’t happen–and assuming it does, it’s good news for everyone except AT&T.
For Apple's sake, it had better happen. In less than a year since the launch of the Droid (which was, sorry G1 owners, the first Android phone anyone cared about), look at the amount of traction that Android has gotten. Some people held off on buying a Droid, thinking a Verizon iPhone was just around the corner. Nearly all of those hold-outs are now Droid Incredible or Droid X owners.
Android is already outselling iPhone. Apple needs to get onto the other carriers (not just Verizon) quickly. If they don't do it in the next 6-12 months, we'll look back at this as their second "Windows 95"-moment; the tipping-point between a when Apple had a superior product, and when they let a more-open competitor catch-up and own the market that should have been theirs.
I'll believe it when I see it. How many times have the Beatles been coming to iTunes? Still hasn't happened, and now Paul says don't hold your breath.
And if it doesn't happen expect tons of criticism heaped upon Apple for being closed. The first comment here even alludes to it.