Once more on the merry-go-round, friends and readers. This morning TechCrunch posted a news story with the following title: “Why The Verizon iPhone Rumors are True—CDMA iPhone Due in January.” Oh man, that’s some sweet link baiting, that is.
They’re going on the record as saying that the Verizon iPhone will be launched in January, based on reports of Apple buying up Qualcomm CDMA chips:
Sources with knowledge of this entire situation have assured me that Apple has submitted orders for millions of units of Qualcomm CDMA chipsets for a Verizon iPhone run due in December. This production run would likely be for a January launch, and I’d bet the phone is nearly 100% consistent with the current iPhone 4 (with a fixed internal insulator on the antenna).
There are some other inklings that support this: AT&T recently downplayed the possibility of customer migration if the iPhone switched carriers, Verizon will be keynoting CES, and Bloomberg is also suggesting Apple might be going to Verizon.
9 to 5 Mac points out one major obstacle: Verizon is currently pushing forward with LTE technology, making CDMA already look ailing and elderly.
Consider me utterly burned out on these rumors. We’ve been hearing them since the iPhone originally launched, and nothing has ever come of them. John Gruber once said that Apple probably does have a CDMA iPhone, locked in a secret box somewhere to pull out and surprise everyone. I tend to agree with him. It’ll take a lot more than just some ill-defined rumblings for me to see an imminent iPhone Verizon launch.