Despite Apple taking down a video apparently showing a slight next-gen iPhone antenna redesign (pictured below) and the lack of any mention of a CDMA iPhone during Verizon's CEO Ivan Seidenberg's keynote at the CES, we now know exactly the same about the mythical Verizon iPhone as we did a few months ago, which is basically nothing, zilch, zero. Nonetheless, the rumor mill is in even greater swing now. Today, Boy Genius Report ran an exclusive report pinpointing the Verizon iPhone launch date to February 3.
The publication points to several indications of an impending launch, like a vacation freeze the company imposed on its retail staff between February 3 and February 6 (Thursday through Sunday), usually a tell-tale sign of a high-profile product launch. Here's their reasoning:
Back in June of last year, Apple picked the dates of 24th to the 27th for its iPhone 4 weekend launch — also a Thursday through Sunday. In addition, Verizon Wireless typically launches new devices on Thursdays.
While BGR has not yet confirmed that the Verizon iPhone is the device we'll see debut on the 3rd, the timing lines up very well with previous reports; no other Apple products have been rumored to be launching in this time frame.
In addition, another source pointed out that Verizon scheduled a mandatory face-to-face training for its retail staff between January 25 and February 4 for "an iconic pre-order." Although Boy Genius Report's piece somewhat corroborates Digitimes' time-frame for a CDMA iPhone, readers should not that the publication's track-record of accurate Apple rumor reporting has been severely compromised with a fake Steve Jobs email exchange they ran last year.
That stunt cast shadows on the publication's professionalism and tarnished their credibility in the process, so this latest rumor should be taken with more than a few pinches of salt.
Source: Boy Genius Report