Another partnership between Apple and AT&T came as quite a surprise to many last week when Apple announced that AT&T would be the carrier of the company’s new creation, the iPad. But now comes word that a CDMA version of the device for the Verizon network might not be far away.
A Verizon source quoted by Silicon Alley Insider says a team-up between the two is “still in the works.” Analysts speculate that this second iPad would be a completely new piece of hardware. The AT&T version is scheduled to ship by the end of March, while, if a Verizon-iPad partnership comes to fruition, the source says an announcement could come at the Worldwide Developers Conference, June 28-July 2, in San Francisco.
Analysts from Broadbpoint AmTech and Northeast Securities are backing up the anonymous source; however, their predictions might be taken with a grain of salt, because they incorrectly forecasted that Apple would announce an iPad for Verizon last week.
The AT&T iPad, which features a 9.7-inch touchscreen, a 1GHz processor and 10 hours of battery life, will be sold in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi+3G versions at Apple Stores and online.
The iPad, running on the iPhone operating system as it does, can run almost all iPhone apps in the App Store, as well as music and video from iTunes.
The iPad’s functionality is very similar to what the iPhone offers, but it does have a few new things. One is e-book functionality. Apple has launched the iBookstore where users can purchase titles over the air for their bookshelf.