Apple has long been rumored to be working on a CDMA iPhone that is rumored to launch early next year. This purported launch is also possibly one reason why AT&T has slowly moved away from the iPhone to marketing other smartphones. While all of this still remain speculations with no official word, a number of recent hirings from Apple make an imminent CDMA iPhone quite likely.
According to reports, Apple has hired a number of engineers recently who have experience in GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA, and CDMA technologies. Of course, this in itself does not mean a Verizon iPhone is launching. It is also possible that Apple may be looking at bringing the CDMA technology solely to the iPad. You may recall that Verizon has already opened up its stores to sell Wi-Fi only variants of the iPad. Nevertheless, this news should keep the hopefuls among you interested.