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More Verizon iPhone rumors/Perseid meteor shower

August 9, 2010

We’ve all heard various rumors about the iPhone breaking out of its AT&T chains and coming to other wireless carriers. As a current Android user I could almost care-less about this prospect, but I will always have a soft spot for Apple products. There’s no doubt that the iPhone is an amazing piece of work. Everyone thought that Steve Jobs would announce that the iPhone would be coming to at least T-Mobile (which, like AT&T, uses the GSM standard for its wireless network), if not Sprint and/or Verizon as well. I doubted it would come to Sprint and/or Verizon this soon because those networks use the CDMA standard rather than GSM, which would require a complete re-working of the iPhone’s innards, whereas releasing the iPhone to T-Mobile would not. As well all know, no such announcement was made. All hope is not lost, however, as this Gizmodo article and this TechCrunch article both report on an order Apple recently placed with Qualcomm, which is the world’s leader in CDMA chipsets. The numbers all work out and point to a CDMA iPhone hitting the market sometime around December or January. The TechCrunch guy seems convinced that it’ll be on Verizon, but it could just as easily be only on Sprint. (Though Apple would be stupid to avoid Verizon like that…) I can’t fathom any other reason for Apple to purchase several million CDMA chipsets other than to build a CDMA iPhone, so I’m pretty convinced that sometime in the next year we’ll see a CDMA iPhone. As to whether its on Verizon, Sprint, or both… your guess is as good as mine.

The most reliable yearly meteor shower of all, the Perseids, will peak this week on the nights of Aug. 11th and 12th. They’re the “slow and steady winner” of meteor showers- that is, they don’t usually have insanely high meteors-per-hour rates, but they always show up every year without fail, and put on fairly good show for skywatchers. This year works out well for viewing because the peak coincides with a new moon. This is great because the light pollution caused by a full or even half moon drastically reduces the amount of meteors you’ll see. If either of these nights are cloudless in your location, and you can get a good distance away from city lights, you’re going to see a pretty good show of shooting stars. Last year Megan and I were on a vacation to Yellowstone, and thus we had a no problem with city lights, but unfortunately the full moon made it difficult to see many Perseids. We did manage to see a few though, despite the moon. The only problem is this year we’re not on vacation and I have a job to go to both of those mornings. If you can manage it, though, you should go out late on the 11th or 12th, look to the northeast, and treat yourself to a spectacle. (Via Space.com)

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