WSJ: Verizon iPhone Certain, More webOS Devices Coming Too

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that iPhone 4 is coming to Verizon in early 2011. The publication is also saying that the hypothetical iPhone 5 wil be a "new form factor":

Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of 2010 that would allow Verizon Wireless to sell the smartphone early next year, said people briefed by Apple . . . The phone, for which Qualcomm Inc. is providing a key chip, is expected to be released in the first quarter of next year, according to the same people . . .

Separately, Apple is also developing a new iPhone model, said people briefed on the matter. One person familiar with the new iPhone plan said the fifth-generation iPhone will be a different form factor from those that are currently available.

It's not clear whether a CDMA iPhone 4 would also be available through the other US CDMA carrier Sprint. The limited availability of the iPhone through a single US carrier (AT&T) has hurt iPhone sales and enabled Android phones, available from all four major US carriers, to recently outsell the Apple handset. 

Separately Reuters is reporting that more than one new webOS/Palm handset will be introduced in early 2011. It remains to be seen whether these devices can compete in the market. The Palm Pre, the first webOS device, offered an elegant industrial design aesthetic but also some major flaws in terms of usability.