Wednesday’s leak didn’t go far enough, so someone filled in the blanks overnight
Wall Street Journal
story that moved on the business wires Wednesday afternoon was supposed to be big news.
Apple AAPL , according to Wednesday’s item, was about to start mass-producing an iPhone that could run on Verizon’s VZ cellular network, which is built around a technology called CDMA and not the GSM protocol AT&T T uses .
But the item didn’t actually say that Verizon would be allowed to sell the new phone, which made it the same unsatisfactory story the same reporters filed six months earlier. (See What is a ‘Verizon-ready’ iPhone?)
Apparently that didn’t do whatever the Journal‘s source (Apple? Verizon? Who knows.) was hoping to accomplish. So overnight, some key blanks in the original piece were filled in, and the version that appeared in Thursday’s paper actually comes out and says what the first one didn’t:
The critical Verizon material added overnight is copied below the fold. For a smart analysis of why it was leaked at this particular point in time, see MG Siegler’s The Impeccable Timing of the iPhone Verizon Rumors.
There’s an unsettling ambiguity in that last sentence. Did or did not Verizon finally give up its right to sell content through its proprietary service? If not, be prepared to see the iPhone’s carefully crafted look and feel defaced with some V CAST ugliness.
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