This should exist: Apple iTorch upgrade plan


photo by p.Gordon

We’re upgrading a bunch of gizmos to iOS 6 today, including some (ancient! antique!) iPhone 3 GS phones. 

"When did Apple become the patron saint of backward compatibility?" I asked Dave. I mean, they’re still selling and supporting the two-generations-old iPhone 4. My impression had always been that Steve Jobs would have loved to push a button and immolate all old devices the moment a new one was launched.

Then Dave and I realized: Hey, Apple could sell this service. Call it iTorch. For $99 a year, Apple will nuke your old iThings the moment a new one is released. In exchange, you’ll be guaranteed a pre-sale spot in the very first round of shipments of the new iToy — no languishing for a month like those suckers who waited a whole three hours to order. 

C’mon, Apple, announce this. Take the stock to $1,000. -Stacy

Did Verizon just leak the fact that the iPhone 5 will be LTE?

In a press release sent around to reporters that cover the wireless sector today, Verizon Wireless announced a new technology called “Viewdini.”

The 4G-LTE-only service “brings the power of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network to the screen by streamlining access to videos from a wide range of content providers, including cable operators, websites and other popular video sources,” the company said.

Then it said something curious: “Viewdini is available to Verizon Wireless customers with 4G LTE-enabled Android™ devices, with support for other operating systems coming soon.”

What other operating systems would that be, exactly? 

It could possibly be Windows Phone, but Verizon’s not expected to support Microsoft’s OS until the WP8/Apollo update in the fall. It could be talking about BlackBerry, but… okay, it’s not talking about BlackBerry.

So you heard it here first (okay, that’s not remotely true): The next iPhone will be LTE-capable. Cool! -David