Dozens or hundreds of developers may have had moments of panic late yesterday when a rumor began to spread that apps designed for AT&T’s iPhone might not work on Verizon’s version. Fortunately, now that more people have been able to think the situation over, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
James Kendrick claimed yesterday, “The Verizon iPhone required modifications to the Telenav app to make it work with the new hardware in the handset. . . . This required app change leads to the question if other apps that talk directly to the hardware may not work on both versions of the iPhone.”
The thing is, though, that the app change seems to relate more to billing practices and an AT&T tie-in than any hardware differences. Indeed, users had to pay for the Telenav app through their AT&T accounts, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the app had to be reworked for the Verizon iPhone.
All the other popular GPS apps, meanwhile, are soldiering on “as is” for the time being.
So this doesn’t look to be a widespread or even niche problem of any sort. Developers can rest easy that all the work they’ve done so far for the AT&T iPhone won’t go to waste when Verizon’s version begins to sell.