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WSJ: Verizon iPhone in Q1; new iPhone form factor in the works

News by Michael Oryl on Thursday October 07, 2010.

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Today The Wall Street Journal patched a few holes in its Verizon iPhone story from yesterday and, citing unnamed sources, is now stating definitively that Verizon Wireless will, indeed, be selling a CDMA version of the Apple iPhone next year. WSJ sources indicate that the device will be built by Pegatron Technology Corp., a division of ASUSTeK in Taiwan.

The Journal says that Apple plans to start mass production of the new CDMA iPhone by the end of the year and that the phone would be released at some point during the first quarter of 2011. The publication also says that Verizon has been meeting with Apple and adding network capacity in preparation for the 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."

Many in the industry are still expecting that an Apple iPhone for Verizon would support LTE(INFO), and would not be announced until June of 2011, following Apple's historic iPhone launch schedule. Verizon's LTE based 4G network is not expected to have a particularly large presence until the middle of 2011.

The Wall Street Journal's unnamed sources also indicate that Apple is building a new iPhone with a new form factor. The Journal failed to provide any further details.

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