Apple’s new dual, ‘worldmode’ iPhone gets ready for 2010 Q3 launch

November 9, 2009, By Sanjeev Ramachandran


The third quarter of 2010 will most probably see Apple hit the phone mart with a UMTS/CDMA hybrid iPhone. Going by reports that hint at such a possibility, we expect the dual phone to debut on Verizon in the US. Dubbed as a ‘worldmode’ phone, the new handset will be built to be compatible to CDMA2000 networks as well as UMTS 3G networks globally, courtesy a Qualcomm designed hybrid chip.

Significant is the fact that the dual phone would work on Verizon’s US network too. As you know, the network is currently incompatible with existing iPhone models. When the worldmode iphone debuts, Apple will be able continue offering a single iPhone version that can be sold by both AT&T and Verizon in the US, and on virtually every carrier outside the US.

From what we gather, the new iPhone will come with a 2.8-inch screen. This could mean that the new Apple iPhone could come as a small lightweight device.

With orders placed by Apple to a Taiwan handset maker for the new device, the new dual mode iPhone is only a few quarters away from being introduced. The grapevine, in the meanwhile, also tells us that that Apple is also taking a deviation with regard to the iPhone manufacture strategy. Though it is a known fact that Apple had been placing the iPhone orders with Hon Hai, this time around the mandate is likely to be on the Asustek subsidiary Pegatron.

(Via Electronista)

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