This morning, USA Today wrote a story reporting that Verizon was in talks with Apple about the “possible development of an iPhone for Verizon.”
That story attracted a lot of attention but I think the reporter, whom I respect, got the story wrong.
Here’s my take on what is going on between the two companies. Verizon and Apple are talking but not so much about the existing iPhone. Rather, talks are heating up about Verizon potentially distributing two new Apple devices under development. Here’s the top of the BusinessWeek story that we published around 7pm EST:
Apple, Verizon Wireless Discuss Devices
By Spencer E. Ante and Arik Hesseldahl
Verizon Wireless is warming to the idea of an Apple partnership. Verizon Wireless is in talks with Apple to distribute two new iPhone-like devices, BusinessWeek has learned. Apple has created prototypes of the devices, and discussions reaching back a half-year have involved Apple CEO Steve Jobs, according to two people familiar with the matter.
One device is a smaller, less expensive calling device described by a person who has seen it as an “iPhone lite.” The other is a media pad that would let users listen to music, view photos, and watch high-definition videos, the person says. It would place calls over a Wi-Fi connection. One of these devices may be introduced as early as this summer, one person says.