As I type that title, there’s a line from an old song running through my head: “the day the music died”. Cue a scratchy album version of American Pie as I write, please. iPhone fans and critics alike have waited for weeks now to see if the iPhone on Verizon will function exactly as its AT&T counterpart. Early reports and tear-downs show very little difference between the two devices. We already know the whole GSM vs. CDMA debate, and have been repeatedly told that nothing will really change for anyone.
Telenav created the AT&T Navigator app for the original iPhone, but today had to release Telenav GPS for the Verizon iPhone. You read that correctly… they had to release a new version specifically for the new device. According to a conversation between Telenav and ZDNET, the original app would not work properly on the Verizon version of the popular phone.
As much as I respect his insight, this “fragmentation problem” is not what Kendrick makes it out to be.
The app (in its original form) would not play nicely with the hardware inside the new “Verizon iPhone.” Not much has changed in that respect, and Telenav wouldn’t elaborate on which specific differences forced their app change (beyond the title, duh). The new Verizon app is just different enough, though, that it won’t run on the AT&T iPhone.
I’m not so sure I’d say that the app store is any more “fragmented” than before – no more than it was for apps that, say, have been most functional on iPhones (compared to older iPod touches without cameras).
The sky is falling! No, it’s not. I’m with MG on this one.