It is widely speculated that Apple’s next generation iPhone 5 will be a “World iPhone”, having the ability to work on two types of networks. It will be compatible with both CDMA and GSM based networks. Earlier we have received some hints through reliable sources and from iOS 5 files that Apple might release one iPhone for both networks, but this is the first time a developer of an app confirmed the rumor with a reasonable piece of proof.
According to Techcrunch a developer, who urged not to mention his name in the report, sent log data of his one of apps to the Techcrunch staff which indicates that App was tested by few users on a device which has the capability to run on both CDMA and GSM networks.
The logs show that the app has been briefly tested by a handful of people using what is almost certainly an iPhone 5, evidently running iOS 5, sporting two distinct sets of mobile network codes (MNC) / mobile country codes (MCC). Those codes can be used to uniquely identify mobile carriers.
Sure enough, some registrations for the app – which the developer also asked not to be named – were logged from a new Apple device, using the MNC/MCC codes from both Verizon and AT&T.
Recenlty Verizon CFO also stated that iPhone 5 will be a global iPhone which will work in as many countries as AT&T’s GSM iPhone – confirming that Apple’s next generation iPhone will be a “World iPhone”.
Currently nothing can be said with surety because Apple has the history of dropping some features from the latest models at very last moment. Even the CDMA based Verizon iPhone 4 comes with a Qualcomm “Gobi” MDM6600 wireless chip which supports both networks but Apple didn’t make it a global device.
According to recent reports Apple will announce and start taking per-orders of iPhone 5 next month and they will start shipping it from October.
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