Apple may ship a CDMA version of its popular iPhone later this year. Pegatron, an electronics manufacturer with plants in China, has received orders from the Cupertino, Calif. company to produce a CDMA version of the handset ready for fourth-quarter shipping, an industry publication reported Thursday.
If correct, the rumor appears to signal a shift by Apple away from its usual iPhone supplier, embattled Foxconn, and bolster a Wall Street Journal report that the handset maker would produce a CDMA phone this September.
“Pegatron will also start shipping a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 to Apple in the fourth quarter and is currently using its plants in Shanghai, China to produce the products,” DigiTimes reports, citing unnamed sources. In May, DigiTimes reported the company had been awarded the CDMA contract.
Pegatron, which manufactures notebook and desktop computers, along with handsets and other electronics, is also seeking a contract to make MacBooks and iPads.
Although a long-standing rumor was the CDMA handset meant Verizon (or T-Mobile USA) would begin selling the iPhone, such talk has largely been quashed. However, in its place has risen speculation an Apple CDMA handset more likely is destined for markets outside the U.S., such as Japan or China.