The Wall St. Journal talked to Verizon CEO Daniel Meade about the iPhone launch and the lack of lines. He said 60% of sales were online and staggered and that the lack of lines were planned. Apple was just being cautious by having all hands at the Apple Store early as well. Regardless, Verizon isn’t announcing numbers until their earnings release.
More importantly, he talked of 4G.
Mr. Mead also said he expects Apple to offer mobile devices on the carrier’s 4G technology, although he declined to specify the nature of those products or when they would be released. Verizon’s fast fourth-generation wireless network, which it recently launched, runs on a technology known as Long-Term Evolution, or LTE.
“You’ll see more coming from Apple on LTE,” he said. “They understand the value proposition of LTE and I feel very confident that they are going to be a part of it.”
Here’s what’s interesting: We saw three different types of iPad 2 in the SDK: K93, K94 and K95. Initially we thought: One GSM, One CDMA and one Wifi. However, since then we discovered that the Verizon iPhone and likely the iPad 2 use a Qualcomm GOBI chipset that allows both CDMA and GSM connectivity. We also know someone at Apple is working on LTE right now.
That leaves another class of iPad. Could that mean 4G?