CDMA iPhone involved more than 1,000 prototypes

Wed, Jan 12, 2011


As if you really needed more proof that Apple insists on perfection, Apple Marketing VP Phil Schiller explained to All Things D yesterday how much work went into building the CDMA iPhone. While one might assume that installing a CDMA chipset in place of the GSM chipset found in all other iPhones might be a quick 1-2 step procedure, Schiller begs to differ.

“It was a lot of work,” Schiller said during Tuesday’s Verizon iPhone event. Interestingly enough, Apple and Verizon have been working on a CDMA iPhone since 2008 with Schilller noting that the entire testing process took many months and ultimately involved over 1,000 prototypes. Yep, that’s 1 THOUSAND.

Moving along, Schiller didn’t discount the possibility of the iPhone coming to Sprint and/or T-Mobile, but with Verizon being the biggest carrier in the US, it’s a safe bet that Apple is going to focus on Verizon exclusively for the time being.



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