Analysts claim no Verizon iPhone at WWDC; expect it to debut later in 2010 or early next year

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“Analysts familiar with Apple’s iPhone supply and manufacturing partners say a CDMA version of the phone is scheduled for a modest production this year. This has caused a great deal of speculation around just which CDMA carrier would be getting the iPhone, especially since Verizon is a CDMA shop,” Scott Moritz reports for TheStreet.

“But while a Verizon iPhone seems inevitable, observers say it is highly unlikely that Apple would undercut its partner AT&T during the new iPhone showcase event June 7,” Moritz reports. “That moment may come later this year.”

Moritz reports, “‘It looks like Apple is planning to have full carrier support by fall,’ says Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, who has surveyed Apple’s supply chain partners. But Kumar says a Verizon iPhone is more likely to debut in 2011… JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall isn’t expecting to hear a peep about it during the June 7 Apple developers’ conference. He writes, ‘I consider it much more likely that news will come sometime in third quarter.'”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “M” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: So, are they trying to unfreeze Verizon’s fake iPhone market and/or do they have access to actual information and/or something else? After all, they’re sooo good at predicting Apple’s unit sales, revenue, and EPS each quarter, that they should easily be able to predict the arrival of the Verizon iPhone, right? Surely Steve Jobs invites random analysts to sit in on most, if not all, of his negotiations with Verizon, right? Take everything analysts claim with at least a grain of salt and an ounce of cynicism and call us in the morning.

37 Comments

  1. Even if Apple wasn’t planning on adding Verizon until the fall, they should announce plans for it at WWDC. This would freeze sales of android phones at Verizon.

  2. Give AT&T;the benefit of 3 months lead as a thank you for iPad pricing, then unleash the hounds — iPhone on all carriers that want it, provided they play by Apple’s rules (I haven’t seen signs that Verizon is willing to do that).

    Google wanted to kill the iPhone so Steve’s out for blood. Kill Android in it’s tracks!

  3. I suspect (hope) Apple will annnounce a CDMA version for the CDMA carriers (Sprint and Verizon), and a new version of the original iPhone for all the others, including AT&T;. Or maybe the holy grail of iPhones, a universal model that will work on any system, anywhere. But not likely as soon as June 7, or even June 22 for that matter.

    But I agree, Apple needs to knock the wind out of Googles sails with some real competition at all the carriers.

  4. It really wouldn’t make any sense at all for Apple to do a CDMA phone for Sprint only. Sprint is going WiMAX for its 4G network, while everyone else – Verizon and AT&T included – are going LTE.

    My prediction is that the 5th generation iPhone will be LTE only, and will support all of the carriers EXCEPT Sprint.

    Verizon would be foolish to overlook the desires of its customers, and Apple would be foolish to pass up the huge Verizon customer base that wants an iPhone.

    (Of course, I first thought that the iPod was a really stupid idea. So take what I say for what it’s worth.)

  5. What? This type of irresponsible journalism doesn’t help the stock manipulators! Now how will the stock drop after the keynote on disappointing announcements?

    Sheesh, just when you thought you could count on those rat bastards…

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