Verizon is in a strong bargaining position with Apple right now. Apple needs Verizon much more than Verizon needs Apple. Android is on fire right now thanks to Verizon, taking share from Apple. If Apple doesn’t want the smartphone war to play out like the PC war in the eighties, it better hammer out a deal.
I’ve been asking people with Android phones on Verizon if it was the phone or the network that brought them over.
The answer is almost always the network. When I ask those same people if they would buy an iPhone on Verizon if they had the choice, the answer is almost always “yes.”