Apple (AAPL) is set to pull back the curtain on its new 'HD' iPhone on June 7. And while observers and Apple fans have high expectations for the newly redesigned fourth-generation iPhone, there may be a considerable let down for those waiting for word of a Verizon iPhone.
AT&T's iPhone exclusivity deal with Apple will end some day, but don't expect to hear a word of it during Apple chief Steve Jobs' upcoming extolment of the newest "greatest" version of the iPhone.
Analysts familiar with Apple's iPhone supply and manufacturing partners say a CDMA version of the phone is scheduled for a modest production this year. This has caused a great deal of speculation around just which CDMA carrier would be getting the iPhone, especially since Verizon is a CDMA shop.But while a Verizon iPhone seems inevitable, observers say it is highly unlikely that Apple would undercut its partner AT&T during the new iPhone showcase event June 7. That moment may come later this year. "It looks like Apple is planning to have full carrier support by fall," says Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, who has surveyed Apple's supply chain partners. But Kumar says a Verizon iPhone is more likely to debut in 2011.
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