October 7, 2010 weblog
Verizon iPhone in Q1 not a rumor any longer
WSJ has stated that Apple's plans are to start mass production of the new CDMA version iPhone by the end of this year and making the phone available sometime in the first quarter of 2011. According to WSJ sources, the device will be built by Pegatron Technology Corp., a division of ASUSTeK in Taiwan.
It has also been stated in the WSJ article that Verizon has been meeting with Apple and adding network capacity in preparation for the iPhone launch. At a press conference yesterday, Verizon Communications president Lowell McAdam had the following to say while referring to Apple: "At some point our business interests are going to align. I fully expect it, but I don't have anything to say."
Industry speculation has it that Apple will also be preparing an iPhone that will support Verizons LTE network but would not be announced until June of 2011. Verizon LTE will have a 38 city presence by Q4 and is not expected to have an anticipated large presence until the middle of next year.
WSJ undisclosed sources have also mentioned that Apple is preparing an iPhone with a new form factor hinting that it will be for Verizons LTE.
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