The 3,2 model iPhone, aka the most likely candidate for the Verizon release, is reported to be at the AP field test stage, which is basically the last stage of testing before retail release. This stage includes final hardware and nearly-final software. And you know what's exciting? It contains a SIM card slot. Oh joyous day, the possibilities. This slot points toward the possibility that this phone could be the one wizards and ancients have foretold about for generations: the iPhone which could be the CDMA + GSM/HSPA device to support Verizon, AT&T, and more.
The SIM card slot could also be in place to make this phone one with global roaming capabilities, again with CDMA capabilities. Then again, it could just be that this phone has a fix for the crap antenna and that's where the improvements stop. But hey, that couldn't be, could it? No way, right? There's always gotta be a torrential downpour of improvements and fun little aesthetic and functional improvements for each generation, even if it's a half-generation, right, Steve?
In other news, the iPhone 5, the next generation, is reported to be in stage EVT, which is not quite as close to the end as AP, as it still has DVT to break through too. EVT stands for engineering verification test phase, and gol-darnit if there' no big fat improvements I'll just have a fit.
[Via Boy Genius Report]