WSJ: Verizon iPhone to go on sale early next year

Apple is planning to start mass production of a CDMA-compliant iPhone by the end of the year, according to a new report. Citing people briefed by Apple, the Wall Street Journal reports that the timing of the production ramp-up would allow Verizon Wireless to offer the phone in the first quarter of 2011. The new iPhone is said to be similar in design to the current iPhone 4, and will use a Qualcomm chip. The report goes on to state that Apple is also developing a new fifth-generation iPhone model that will feature a different form factor than the iPhone 4, although it is unknown how soon that version would be available to Verizon.

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