Oh hai iPhone 5 rumors, you never stop amazing us! As the Verizon iPhone 4 is already capable of GSM as well CDMA dual mode, we are hearing that the iPhone 5 will also bear the same capabilities and that’s not it, iPhone 5 will also be a world phone!
Apple always keeps itself ahead of others when in comes to adopting new technology, they did the same while introducing iPhone 4 for Verizon by including a dual mode Qualcomm baseband chip that could handle both GSM as well as CDMA networks. As the Verizon iPhone 4 was launched way after the GSM one, it didn’t make any sense to enable both the modes as the version was only meant for Verizon’s CDMA network. iPhone 5 will be launched for both Verizon and AT&T at once and hence it totally makes sense to introduce the same hardware for both the carrier – the same is the rumor flying all around! What we didn’t hear up to know was, iPhone 5 could be a world phone! Verizon’s CFO said at company’s earnings call today:
The fluctuation, I believe, will come when a new device from Apple is launched, whenever that may be, and that we will be, on the first time, on equal footing with our competitors on a new phone hitting the market, which will also be a global device.
With many Android phones now featuring the world phone functionality, it could be a little disgusting for Apple to not have it. Nice job Steve Jobs, you leveled a fine ground for Cook to play on.
Update # 3:
iPhone 5 4G to be Sprint Exclusive.
Update # 2:
Here you go folks! All the wait is over as Apple has finally sent out the invites for a media event for the announcement of iPhone 5. The event would take place on October 4th at Apple’s TownHall campus in Cupertino. The invite Apple sent out is a bit mysterious one with subtle hints at what Apple is going announce.
Update # 1:
With the iPhone 5 launch expected in just over a month, we’ve seen massive speculation about the features that Apple intends to pack into the new device. For example, since this post was written WWDC has come and gone and we were introduced to the features in iOS 5. Apple also released some exciting stuff about the iCloud service, including iTunes Match. There’s also been several leaked parts, which lead to some guesses about the possible design. Apple is also training their staff on the new software, so things are moving right along! In fact, some iFolks can pre-order the device right now! Apple has also confirmed a media event called “Let’s Talk iPhone” for October 4th. You can also find all our coverage of the event and device HERE. And don’t forget to vote in our iPhone poll! You should also check out the brief history of the iPhone from then til now.
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