Psst! New iPad to offer videoconferencing, iPhone 4's display

Sources say that Apple will introduce a new iPad this fall along with an iPhone 4-based iPod Touch -- should you believe them?

Did I get your attention? Who knows what Apple will release this fall, though it typically does release a new iPod Touch each fall based on then-current iPhone model? That part of this blog's subhead is likely to be true. My sources, by the way, are friends who were speculating on what Apple might do, based on a logical idea that Apple will move its iPhone 4 innovations into other products. But it is merely speculation, not verifiable news or even credible rumors.

But rumors seem to rule. Case in point: This week, hundreds of websites and local TV news stations ran a Bloomberg report claiming Apple will release a version of the iPhone 4 in January 2011 that runs on Verizon Wireless' CDMA network, quoting anonymous sources. Other reports cite a Chinese manufacturer claiming Apple has placed orders for CDMA parts.

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InfoWorld.com chose not to run a story of its own on these rumors, given the Verizon rumor has popped up every few months since 2008, each time proving to be false. For example, this April, Bloomberg also quoted an analyst saying Apple may have a Verizon-capable iPhone in 2010. I'm sure the analyst said that, but why did Bloomberg choose to give it credibility? At InfoWorld, we've had enough of the speculation masqerading as news, but apparently the blogosphere and, presumably, its readers have not.

I don't know if Apple will release a Verizon-compatible iPhone this winter. I do know that Apple originally signed a five-year exclusive deal with AT&T in the United States that will expire in 2012 unless the two companies have negotiated a change to that deal (if so, they're not saying). The early 2011 timeframe is suspect.

I also know that Apple has not produced a CDMA phone for any carrier, choosing instead to use the GSM-based radio frequencies that are standard in almost all of the rest of the world; producing a CDMA version for just the United States seems unlikely. Though GSM devices vastly outnumber CDMA units (3 billion to 522 million, respectively) worldwide, the two networks can coexist, as they do in the United States and Canada.

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