“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.