Feeds

Verizon may gobble up Diet iPhone

New iStuff would be useless outside US, though

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Apple is close to an agreement with Verizon Wireless to launch two new Apple products this year: a cut-down iPhone and a larger device dubbed a "media pad" - although they may not be much use to anyone outside the US.

According to Business Week, the story emanates from two sources identified as "familiar with the matter", and is backed up with an assertion that the Verizon CEO admitted speaking to Steve Jobs on the subject. But any devices launched by Verizon would need to support CDMA technology - making them incompatible with most of the rest of the world.

There aren't a lot of details on the products themselves: one is apparently an "iPhone lite", while the other is a larger device with a full face touch-screen and dubbed a "media pad". One person, who has apparently seen the media pad, reports: "We are talking about a device where people will say, 'Damn, why didn't we do this?' Apple is probably going to define the damn category."

One or two people have, of course, thought of media pads before, but Apple is extremely good at bundling up and branding old ideas in clever ways.

But switching to CDMA would be expensive, and would leave Apple with a product only really suited to the North American market, which isn't a good fit with the company's aspirations. Business Week notes that these negotiations could simply be a lever to extract more money, and control, out of AT&T as the exclusive deal for the iPhone comes to an end. ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters
Hundreds of emails flood inboxes thanks to gaffe
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
AT&T dangles gigabit broadband plans over 100 US cities
So soon after a mulled Google Fiber expansion, fancy that
AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits
Company wants ability to buy more spectrum space in auction
Google looks to LTE and Wi-Fi to help it lube YouTube tubes
Bandwidth hogger needs tube embiggenment if it's to succeed
Turnbull gave NBN Co NO RULES to plan blackspot upgrades
NBN Co faces huge future Telstra bills and reduces fibre footprint
NBN Co plans fibre-to-the-basement blitz to beat cherry-pickers
Heading off at the pass operation given same priority as blackspot fixing
NBN Co in 'broadband kit we tested worked' STUNNER
Announcement of VDSL trial is not proof of concept for fibre-to-the-node
prev story

Whitepapers

Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.