updated 03:05 pm EDT, Wed October 6, 2010
Verizon Wireless CEO McAdam elusive on iPhone
Verizon Wireless chief Lowell McAdam today dodged around questions regarding the prospect of an iPhone but put the burden on Apple. At a CTIA press event, McAdam responded to new claims that a Verizon iPhone was being mass produced for early next year by saying that he hadn't seen the specific WSJ rumor but, unusually, said it was Apple's responsibility to announce anything. He warned that this sort of rumor "rolls out every few weeks" but said it was likely just a matter of time for an iPhone or even "a tablet."
"Apple is really the one that has to make that kind of announcement," McAdam said. "At some point our business interests are going to align... I fully expect it, but I don't have anything to say [at the moment]."
The statements didn't amount to confirmation but was somewhat unusual for Verizon, which has usually tried to downplay claims further and safeguard its Android phone sales. The most recent leak reiterated by now widespread beliefs that mass production of CDMA iPhones is beginning near the end of this year for a launch in early 2011, with Qualcomm providing the cellular chipsets.