We kid, we kid. But there's some recent buzz that two new iPhone models are due to be unveiled this summer — and one of 'em is the long-rumored Verizon model.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Pegatron Technology Corp. has been tasked with building an iPhone containing a (likely) Qualcomm CDMA chipset — which, of course, is the wireless technology used by Verizon (and to a lesser extent, Sprint) — while at the same time, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. has a thinner, faster version of the current (GSM) iPhone in the works as well. Both phones are pegged for a Summer 2010 unveiling, but the CDMA version may not start manufacturing until the fall.
Apple has long kept the idea of a Verizon iPhone at arm's length, arguing that CDMA is a dead-end technology and pointing to Verizon's own plans to upgrade their 3G data network. But the upgrade is taking longer than expected — and, coupled with Verizon's otherwise more robust network (at least compared with the infamous hanging-by-a-fingernal AT&T experience), coupled with a good chunk of its 91 million subscribers who are dying for a non-Death Star iPhone experience, the idea of finally breaking the AT&T stranglehold is looking more and more attractive.
Needless to say, no one at Apple, AT&T, Verizon, et al, dignified these rumors with either a confirmation or a denial.