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Only short lines formed this time around for the iPhone's launch on Verizon. Apple and Verizon were clearing expecting much bigger crowds.  (Source: Reuters/Mike Segar)

Apple's Steve Jobs may not be as far removed from the company as thought. Despite being on medical leave he is reportedly holding multiple meetings and even visited Cupertino campus, preparing for the upcoming iPhone 5 and iPad 2 launches.  (Source: European Pressphoto Agency)
For all the hype AT&T's iPhone 4 launch was far bigger

It was to be the biggest phone launch of the year.  At long last the much beloved iPhone was launching on "America's most reliable network", Verizon Wireless.  The carrier clearly expected an epic turnout, so it erected metal barricades in front of its city stores like in New York and San Francisco.  It also beefed up its staff for launch day (Thursday).

But ahead of the 7 a.m. opening of the store on Thursday only a small contingent of Apple fans gathered outside the building.  In New York City at 6:30 a.m. lines tended to have only 10 to 40 people.  One might suspect the cold winter weather might play a role, but consider that stores in San Francisco, which is enjoying far nicer weather, only saw 20 people.

Through the day a moderate stream of customers came in to pick up their pre-ordered iPhone.  Pre-orders were open two days -- on Feb. 3 for existing customers and on Feb. 9 for the general public.

Intriguingly, despite supposedly being "superior" to AT&T in terms of service quality, the turnout at Verizon seemed quite anemic to the hordes of people that camped outside Apple and AT&T stores last July.

Even Verizon Wireless spokesperson Brenda Raney admits that her company was a little surprised by the low turnout.  While she describes the sales as "brisk and steady" she comments to Reuters, "We prepared for more. When you have people over for dinner, don't you prepare for more?"

It's hard to determine what exactly was the cause of poor response.  Perhaps it's a sign that Apple is losing more momentum to Android.  Or perhaps it's a sign that not as many AT&T customers are interested in switching as predicted.  Regardless, while Apple and Verizon Wireless would never admit it, the launch clearly was a disappointment to their high expectations.

In other related news, Apple founder and chief executive Steve Jobs is now back to work -- from home.  According to The Wall Street Journal, sources at Apple say that while Mr. Jobs' health problems forced him to take a medical leave and largely confined him to home, he's been able to hold regular meetings via teleconference.  And he was even spotted visiting Apple's Cupertino campus on one day.

While Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook is currently guiding the company in an official capacity, Jobs is reportedly continuing to guide the company in an unofficial capacity.  He reportedly is especially focused on executing a successful launch of the iPad 2 sometime in the next few months, and the iPhone 5, which is expected to launch this summer.  Both devices will be offered on both of America's largest carriers -- AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless.

An Apple spokesperson commenting to The Wall Street Journal states, "Steve is the CEO of Apple and during his medical leave he'll continue to be involved in major strategic decisions."

Medical experts consulted by the WSJ say that Jobs' increasingly gaunt appearance in recent months and illness is likely a sign either that his cancer has reoccurred or that he's experiencing complications with his organ transplant.  Either way, the hard-driving general isn't able to full step away from his duties at the company; that much is clear.

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There Goes Another Apple bashing Article
By MDGeek on 2/11/2011 11:41:09 AM , Rating: -1
Dear Jason/DT;
Thank you once again for your daily dose of anti-apple articles.
Bytheway, your opinionated article disguised as News is getting so old that you seriously need to change your medication to remain relevance and strong in your quest to dethrone Apple.

Facts on VZ iPhone-4 sales :
1) Verizon Verizon CEO: iPhone 4 Pre-orders “Exceeded” Anything We’ve Ever Seen. (

2) Verizon set that record selling old near-end-of-life iPhone model. Imagine what will happen when they launch a brand new one.

3) More retail outlets this time than ever before: like (600-Walmart, hundreds of Best Buy, hundreds of Apple Stores, and thousands of Verizon stores).

4) Many would-be buyers have either already pre-ordered, will be ordering via Internet, or are waiting out fearing a stampede on the 1st day.

5) NO Android phone/tablet (new or 2nd missionary) has Ever come close to such record. ---Please Jason, show me just-one Android device that has or can set such record.

So to a reasonable unbiased person, short lines at VZ & Apple stores will not be a measuring stick to rate the launch a failure. But again, to DT and its fellow Apple haters that is good enough as digging further could undermine their false propaganda.

By zixin on 2/11/2011 1:09:54 PM , Rating: 1
Whic part of the following didnt' you understand:

"Even Verizon Wireless spokesperson Brenda Raney admits that her company was a little surprised by the low turnout."

The article is about the unexpected low turn out and plus some speculation as to why. There is no Apple bashing. Nobody claiming it was a failure, just not as great as expected.

By Alexstarfire on 2/11/2011 5:06:35 PM , Rating: 1
I think when people spout #5 it's just hilarious. Do you know why that's true? Because Android users have choice. I can get exactly the phone I want/need. Those who want Apple/iPhone/iOS don't. It's either that model or none at all (only looking at new phones since there are obviously older iPhone models).

By chick0n on 2/11/2011 11:08:22 PM , Rating: 1
1. so ? they can set their goal at selling 100 unit. so even if they sold only 101, it still "exceeded" their expectation.

2. it won't be as crazy as AT&T, most people got iPhone 3 because they got the original iPhone, and they got 3gS because they have been using 3g, and they got iPhone4 because they got 3gs. and you want this group of people to skip one generation until they're out of their contract? kinda hard if u ask me. AT&T is smart, require people to get 2 yr contract, and they know these Apple losers will NOT be able to wait a year before they switch.

3. see reason #2

4. see #1, then read #2

5. what kind of record you're talking about.

I don't think Jason is bashing Verizon at all. He was just speaking the truth.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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