“A new report citing sources in the Taiwan handset supply chain says Apple has contracted to produce a UMTS/CDMA hybrid iPhone due in the third quarter of next year that will enable the company to sell a single global handset to all carriers, and specifically to Verizon Wireless in the US,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider.
“The report by OTR Global, provided to AppleInsider by an industry analyst, says the new ‘worldmode’ iPhone will gain compatibility with CDMA2000 networks (including Verizon’s US network, which is currently incompatible with existing iPhone models) while retaining compatibility with UMTS 3G networks globally using a new hybrid chip produced by Qualcomm,” McLean reports.
“According to OTR’s sources, Asustek subsidiary Pegatron will build the new hybrid phone devices for Apple rather than Hon Hai, the iPhone’s current manufacturer,” McLean reports. “This decision was reportedly made to prevent the company from being ‘constrained by a single-source assembler.'”
McLean reports, “The research note also identified the new phone as having a 2.8″ screen, which is significantly smaller than the current iPhone’s 3.5″ display.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]