We just got a look at the Verizon version of the iPhone 4. Guess what? It’s just like an iPhone 4! There’s no custom pre-loaded Verizon software (like VCAST or some such bloatware), just that mobile hotspot tweak in the settings menu. There’s also no Verizon branding on the phone, though that’s hardly a surprise given Apple’s hatred of all logos that aren’t its own. The only real physical difference we can find are those tweaked CDMA-compatible antennas running around the edge — four in all, placed symmetrically and bumping down the volume / mute buttons. Interestingly, the phone is running iOS version 4.2.5, so perhaps that mobile hotspot functionality will make its way over to other iPhones when they sync up on iOS updates.
DigiTimes is reporting that Apple has raised the iPhone shipment for first quarter of 2011 from 19 million units to 20-21 million units.
According to DigiTimes, the number also includes 5-6 million CDMA iPhones, which it claims will be launched in North America and Asia Pacific in the first quarter of 2011.
In what is being seen as yet another indication of Apple’s plans to eventually bring the iPhone to Verizon, the company is learned to be scouting for engineers who have experience with Verizon’s CDMA technology.
In a fresh posting on the Apple Jobs portal, the company has sought for a “Cellular Systems Perf Engineer” who is familiar with technologies like CDMA in addition to GSM, GPSRS, EDGE, WCDMA, HSDPA and HSUPA. While the job posting itself has been removed since then, the experience requirements has raised an important point about the potential new cellular technologies that could be supported on Apple iPhone in future. To be fair, the posting makes it clear that Apple is simply looking for an engineer who is a versatile cellular expert and not someone solely with experience in CDMA technologies.
Wall Street Journal has just reported that Apple will start mass producing CDMA iPhones for Verizon by the end of 2010.
Wall Street Journal claims that according to ‘people briefed by Apple’ Verizon will start selling the CDMA iPhones, which will be similar in design to the iPhone 4 from early next year. WSJ reports:
The new iPhone would be similar in design to the iPhone 4 currently sold by AT&T Inc. but would be based on an alternative wireless technology called CDMA used by Verizon, these people said. 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.
It’s not as cut-and-dry as last night’s declaration that a new Retina Display-equipped iPod Touch is due in the next few weeks, but our man John Gruber just put up a lengthy post on the long-rumored CDMA iPhone for Verizon in which he says the mythical handset is codenamed “N92” and has reached “engineering verification test” (EVT) status. According to Gruber, that’s just one step below “design verification test,” which is what that stolen iPhone 4 prototype was — meaning the CDMA iPhone is apparently just two hops away from production. Mix in persistent rumors of large CDMA chipset orders these past few weeks and a dash of AT&T hinting that exclusivity might be over, and it’s sounding like ol’ N92 could well arrive in January as first reported by Bloomberg — perhaps at Verizon’s CES press conference. In Gruber’s words, “the CDMA iPhone is no longer a cold storage, keep-it-alive-just-in-case-we-need-it project.”
Taiwanese website, DigiTimes has revealed some interesting details about Apple’s next generation iOS devices.
According to their source, Apple will be releasing the next generation iPad in the first quarter of 2011, launching a CDMA-based iPhone at CES in January 2011 and introduce a new Apple TV based on AMD’s Fusion platform in early 2011.DigiTimes has provided the following details of Apple’s next generation iOS devices:
Rumors about the iPhone launching on Verizon are as old as the iPhone itself. But the latest report from TechCrunch has added an additional layer of credibility to the speculation.
The website reports that Apple has placed a large order for Qualcomm CDMA chips to be deployed in a iPhone production run scheduled for December of this year.