A version of the Apple iPhone 4 with support for the CDMA wireless standard is reportedly moving along in the testing process. This model will debut from Verizon in January, according to unconfirmed reports.
Inside sources indicate that the CDMA version of this smartphone is now in the phase called the Engineering Verification Test (EVT). If this phone is really headed for release, the next stage is the Device Verification Test (DVT). Once it passes this hurdle, it can go into production.
Change Is Coming… Maybe
Before the launch of the very first iPhone, an agreement was forged that made AT&T the sole U.S. provider for the iPhone. However, persistent leaks and rumors have indicated that this is coming to an end.
Verizon is the carrier these reports indicate is most likely to get a version of the device, and a recent report indicated that that this is going to happen in January.
Some people doubt that Verizon is going to offer the iPhone any time soon, and point out that rumors saying this carrier will get Apple’s smartphone crop up almost every year and have never panned out. This year is different because Apple has already ended its exclusive carrier agreements in some other countries and seen immediate large increases in sales.
High-level executives from both Verizon and Apple are reportedly hashing out an agreement, but it’s possible this could fall through.
Overview of the Apple iPhone 4
Apple’s fourth-generation smartphone is a significant upgrade from the previous one, starting with its 3.5-inch, 640 x 960 touchscreen, a much higher resolution than any iPhone has offered before.
It has a new slimmer design and runs iOS 4.0, the latest version of Apple’s operating system, on a 1 GHz Apple A4 processor.
The iPhone 4 comes in two configurations: a version with 16 GB of storage costs $200 from AT&T and one with 32 GB goes for $300.
The iPhone 4 has a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with a flash, as well as support for recording 720p video at 30 frames per second. In addition, it includes a small front-facing camera for video chatting with an app called FaceTime.
This smartphone has 3G wireless networking, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.