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Apple maintaining CDMA iPhone "skunkworks?"

updated 08:50 pm EDT, Wed May 12, 2010

Timing for Verizon iPhone still uncertain

Amid ongoing rumors of a Verizon-badged iPhone, Daring Fireball blogger John Gruber claims that Apple has maintained a CDMA iPhone "skunkworks" project for a long time. Gruber suggests the company may have always had a CDMA iPhone project, despite continuing an exclusive agreement with AT&T.

Analysts appear to disagree on the timing and details of a Verizon iPhone launch, although many see the move as inevitable at some point. A recent report suggests Verizon may be preparing an iPhone advertising campaign, although the exact time-frame remains unclear.

Several rumors claim that a Verizon iPhone will be announced alongside the GSM offering this summer, while others point to a fall launch or further delay into 2011.




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  1. Titanium Man

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    This would be no surprise

    Apple had a skunk works for the Intel version of OS X long before they had any concrete plans to make the shift in CPU architecture. Same kind of philosphy in terms of the CDMA iPhone. Only a fool would wait until the last minute to begin product development.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Why wouldn't Apple be able to maintain

    CDMA prototype iPhones? It can't be that complicated since most cellphone vendors have smartphones that work on several carriers. I would think Apple keeps all its bases covered. I wouldn't be surprised if there were iPhones, Touches and iPads running with Flash on them.

  1. Mark Hernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Hmmmm....

    Why would you guys name John Gruber explicitly but not name the other "analysts" that you refer to? Interesting. This "article" is, of course, just a quick reblogging and not a helpful or informative piece. The term "skunkworks" makes for a nice clickbait title, though, doesn't it and you wouldn't want to pass up that opportunity. Yes, I'm being sarcastic.

    Apple must have at least a hundred "skunkworks" going on internally.

    Please try to not go down the cheesy clickbaiting path of Silicon Alley Insider and PC World. Please! I still have respect for MacNN. Don't assume MacNN is the only site (and RSS feed) people read. (I really don't know why I bother to comment cuz it's like spittin' in the wind.)

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    This just in...

    This just in... Apple also has a skunk works Photoshop competitor...

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    I wish they had...

    ...a skunkworks Quicken competitor.

    The only reason I think they don't is that we should have seen it by now after the last couple of years of extreme Intuit suckitude.

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