Well, we’ve known this one for while but now it’s sort of official. Barrons reports that in Verizon’s earnings call today, Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said Apple’s next-generation iPhone will be a world phone. A world phone of course is a phone capable of connecting to both CDMA and GSM networks worldwide. You may remember that Shammo was the Verizon executive who spilled the beans on the upcoming Verizon-capable iPad 2.
Both the Verizon iPhone 4 and the CDMA iPad 2 carry the Qualcomm Gobi chip, which we previously detailed, and this chip is capable of connecting to both CDMA and GSM networks. Apple is rumored to start iPhone 5 production as early as July and is tracking a September release. Apple typically holds an early-September event so we’ll probably see the world phone there. The iPhone 5 is rumored to look similar to the iPhone 4 and will sport an A5 dual-core processor.