Tim Cook Says Verizon iPhone Collaborated Upon Since 2008

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Apple COO Tim Cook has just taken the stage to shake hands with Lowell McAdams and bring an official Apple presence to the Verizon iPhone event.

“I want to thank the senior team at Apple — it has been a real pleasure to work with them. To explain more about that product, I’m pleased to introduce someone who’s become a friend and colleague… Tim Cook,” Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam introduced.

Tim Cook’s appearance probably negates the chance that Steve Jobs will show up at this event, but his presence is hardly necessary: the Verizon iPhone 4 isn’t really a new product, and Cook’s presence is as much blessing from Cupertino as Verizon’s launch needs.

According to Cook, Verizon and Apple have been working together on this since 2008, and the teamwork has been “off the charts.”