During a conference call this morning, one of the higher ups at Verizon Communications mentioned that the next iPhone will be a "world phone" and should function on other carrier networks. When asked about the growth of the company CFO Fran Shammo said:
The fluctuation, I believe, will come when a new device from Apple is launched, whenever that may be, and that we will be, on the first time, on equal footing with our competitors on a new phone hitting the market, which will also be a global device.
Most seem to see this as an indication of the long-rumored CDMA/GSM iPhone with the Qualcomm chips that would allow the device to work across various carriers. Still, "global device" isn't the most descriptive of terms. We've already heard a lot of rumors regarding the iPhone 5, and there will be more to come. The ones we can expect for sure are that the device will launch later than usual and have an 8MP camera. Even that is not confirmed, but they are some of the most credible rumors we have at this point–that's not saying a lot.
Still, you can probably expect the handset to be slightly thinner and maybe even sport a slightly new design. Perhaps a different antenna as Apple wants to put the whole antennagate thing behind them quickly. Still, with iPhone sales growing 113 percent over the same quarter one year ago, meaning that despite any negative press, the device is more popular than ever. Making us wonder if Apple is all that worried about it anyway.