Apple is expected to launch the UMTS/CDMA hybrid iPhone by the third quarter of 2010. It is expected that the dual phone will be launched with arrangements from Verizon in the US. The dual mode will allow the phone to be used worldwide. The new iPhone will be built to be compatible to CDMA2000 networks as well as UMTS 3G networks, therby allowingit to be used globally. This has been made possible by courtesy a Qualcomm designed hybrid chip.
The new dual phone would work on Verizon’s US network as well. At the present stae the verizone network is incompatible with existing iPhone models. The new iphone model will allow Apple to sell single iPhone version to both AT&T and Verizon. It will also allow virtually any network US or outside US to use iPhone.
The new iPhone is expected to come with a smaller 2.8 inch screen. So it will be more of a phone rathern the “other things”
Apple is also shifting its manufacturing strategy and is planning to use a new manufacturer for its new generation of the iPhones. The new manufacturer is expected to be Asustek subsidiary Pegatron.