Citing a report from OTR Global, AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is currently working on an iPhone model equipped with a hybrid UMTS/CDMA chipset which would enable it to run on non-GSM networks like Verizon’s. The phone, which has been dubbed a “worldmode” iPhone, will allow Apple to “sell a single global handselt to all carriers, and specifically to Verizon Wireless in the U.S.”
Interestingly, or perhaps ‘strangely’ is a more apt word, the report also notes that the new iPhone will have a 2.8 inch screen, which is noticeably smaller than the 3.5 inch screen that currently comes on all iPhone and iPod Touch models. Now while this might sound like complete nonsense on the surface, we should point out that back in June of 2008, iLounge published component pictures showcasing iPhone models in 2.8 and 3.2 inch versions.
This report, however, raises a lot more questions than it answers. Okay, a hybrid chip – that’s cool. But what’s up with a 2.8-inch screen? Why would Apple all of a sudden introduce a new iPhone model with a smaller screen? Gaming is already challenging enough, at times, with a 3.5 inch screen, and 2.8 inches doesn’t give you much room to play around with. If true, will this phone be positioned as an iPhone model without access to the iTunes app store, with solely the ability to play media files and browse the web?
Something’s afoot here, folks. Something’s definitely afoot.