'New iPhone' just months away
iPhone rumours never seem to go away entirely, but one story rumbling persistently under the surface right now is that Apple is preparing to break its usual 12-month iPhone update cycle to bring a new model to market as early as Q1 of next year.
And it seems the rumour may in fact be true – or in part, anyway. The Wall Street Journal appears to have got to the heart of the matter in its claim that AT&T, long-time exclusive carrier in the US, will lose its iPhone network exclusivity early in the new year when Verizon joins it in offering the iPhone to US consumers.
However, while AT&T uses GSM phone technology – like all UK networks, for that matter – Verizon uses CDMA technology instead, which would require Apple to come up with – you guessed it – a new version of the iPhone carrying a CDMA chip.
The likelihood of what is ultimately a technical variation on the existing iPhone coming with any exclusive new features? Slim to none is our guess. But so long as the words “new iPhone” are kept in circulation, the faithful will no doubt live in hope.