Today’s rumor comes from one of Boy Genius’ Apple sources, and it may have nothing to do with the CDMA iPhone.
It seems like the iPhone model 3,2 (which is its next iteration and everyone assumes that this is the mythical CDMA creature headed for Verizon, among others) has reached a development milestone called “AP” testing stage. This would be the very last testing stage done before release. When at this stage, the hardware is final, and the software is ‘almost’ final.
The same source also claims that the iPhone 3,2 has a SIM card slot. Now this is rather shocking, since it means that this is clearly not a CDMA-only device. So one of three things may be happening here: this may be a GSM+CDMA device, or primarily a CDMA device with the SIM slot in there for what Verizon likes to call ‘global roaming’ or maybe this device has nothing to do with CDMA and is just a minor re-hash of the iPhone 4 (perhaps with the antenna issue fixed).
Let’s go through these one by one. A GSM+CDMA device would mean that there would be only one iPhone that would be sold everywhere and worked everywhere worldwide, including CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint in the US. The exact same device would be sold by AT&T and other GSM carriers all across the world. This sounds more like a wet dream than something that’s already hit the final stages of development.
The second option basically contains the same hardware, but would be sold differently – as in, only by Verizon in the US, with the phone being able to roam when outside of the US thanks to its SIM card slot (in a similar fashion to the Motorola Droid Pro and Droid 2 Global Edition).
The last option is rather obvious – a CDMA iPhone is nowhere near release, and Apple have decided to fix the antenna issue once and for all.
Which one of these sounds like the most plausible scenario? You be the judge.
And in a final bit of iPhone-related rumors, the iPhone 5 has reportedly hit the engineering verification test phase, and development seems to be coming along nicely.
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