A new report says Apple is getting ready to manufacture a new iPhone that works on cellular networks based on CDMA technology, a move that would allow the phones to be used by more carriers, including Verizon Wireless.
It has long been rumored that Verizon Wireless will eventually start selling the iPhone. But last month, Verizon's CEO indicated it wouldn't be any time soon. That means the CDMA iPhones could be aimed at other markets, including China.
The Wall Street Journal, citing people briefed by Apple Inc., said Wednesday that the company will start mass-producing the new iPhones by year's end. They could go on sale early next year.
Current iPhones only work on GSM networks, including that of the iPhone's exclusive U.S. carrier, AT&T Inc.
Apple declined comment.