The possibility of a Verizon iPhone gains, if not a shot in the arm, then at least another layer of rumor and speculation this morning, with DigiTimes reporting that Pegatron have clinched the contract to manufacture a CDMA version of the Apple smartphone. According to their component maker sources, the company is eventually expected to produce 10m CDMA iPhones a year.
As for timescales, with the impact on Pegatron’s financial reports expected in August or September, it again sows the seeds that Apple may announce both GSM and CDMA handsets later this year, for a simultaneous release on both AT&T and Verizon in the US. The company is expected to announce the fourth-generation iPhone – aka the iPhone HD – at WWDC 2010 in early June.
Of course, this could all be guff ahead of Pegatron’s official spin-off from ASUS, which is expected to be finalised on June 1st. Indeed, the manufacturer has apparently been seeing order cuts from existing clients; a good Apple rumor would likely do them – and their share price – the world of good. SlashGear will be liveblogging the WWDC 2010 keynote, so join us then for all the details – CDMA or otherwise!