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.